ERIC Number: EJ835524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Managing and Resolving Organizational Conflict in School-University Partnerships through Sound Planning and Design
Reaves, William E.; Narvaez, Jeanette G.
Journal of School Public Relations, v27 n2 p196-210 Spr 2006
Partnerships and collaborative projects among public schools and universities have become increasingly prominent in the educational landscape. Properly structured and carefully managed school-university initiatives can enrich educational opportunities and contribute to simultaneous and continual quality improvement of the partnering entities. In this article, we provide 10 design principles intended to serve as a blueprint for organizational leaders engaged in formation of such school-university ventures. These principles attempt to minimize organizational conflict by ensuring that partnership leaders delineate joint work purposes and expectations, form collaborative work processes, clarify respective financial and logistical obligations, and specify decision responsibilities and job duties. These principles call for development of internal structures and processes that identify potential conflict points and establish measures for resolution when conflicts arise. We describe characteristics of school-university partnerships with discussion of the challenges and implications of implementing the principles to control interorganizational conflict.
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Educational Opportunities, Conflict Resolution, Administrator Responsibility, Program Design, Conflict, Cooperative Planning
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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