ERIC Number: ED140460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Coordination: A Conceptual Model and Practical Consideration.
Esterline, Bruce H.
A reasonably precise and measureable definition of coordination is that coordination is the exchange of needed resources between two organizations. The Early Childhood Development Division in Texas evaluated how and why coordination begins and is maintained over time in groups of two organizations and in networks of many organizations. In studying the pairs of organizations it was found that four factors needed to exist before organizations would exchange resources--awareness, resource dependence, domain consensus, and problem commitment of goal similarity. Among the major findings of the study were that coordination occurs primarily as a rational response to a need for resources necessary to achieve certain organizational goals; that organizations that have something in common are more likely to coordinate than are those with nothing in common; that successful relationships are likely to emerge incrementally and to grow with small, successful encounters; and that the effectiveness of coordination can be measured by the amount of resources available as a result of coordination, by the attitudes of the partners, by reduction in competition between agencies, and through formalization of communication. An eight-step planning process for improving interagency coordination is included. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper delivered to the Education Commission of the States' National Seminar on State Capacity Building