Handbook of Collaborative Public Management
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Handbook of Collaborative Public Management

Edited by Jack W. Meek

This insightful Handbook presents readers with a comprehensive range of original research within the field of collaborative public management (CPM), a central area of study and practice in public administration. It explores the most important questions facing collaboration, providing insights into future research directions and new areas of study.
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Chapter 17: Functional collective action dilemma and collaborative management

Heewon Lee


Intra-organizational fragmentation of authority and responsibilities impacts the decision-making of organizations. Fragmentation of authority across functional units creates coordination problems within organizations as well as barriers to collaboration among governments. These relationships although acknowledged as important, especially for governments, have not received much attention theoretically and empirically. This chapter starts from a review of the current state of scholarship on functional collective action dilemmas and coordination. It explores how the theoretical framing of Institutional Collective Action dilemmas can be applied to intra- organizational fragmentation. It then explores the relationship between intra-organizational coordination and horizontal collaboration, focusing on organizations' goals and leadership. Finally, it identifies gaps in the literature that needs the attention of academia to advance our understanding of the functional collective action dilemmas in government.

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