An exploratory study of Western Canadian cross-sector partnerships using complex systems thinking
Jessica Mankowski
MES Candidate, 2008
School for Resource and Environmental Studies
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Cross-sector partnerships are emerging around the world as a new way of tackling complex environmental and social issues. This exploratory study examined six cross-sector partnerships in Western Canada. Semi-structured qualitative interviews with partnership participants from both the private and non-profit sector revealed a number of organizational and global-level drivers that were described in the existing literature. However, a number of regional-level partnership drivers were also revealed. Complex systems thinking is proposed as a potential theoretical framework through which to conceptualize these partnerships, especially on a regional scale where partnerships may be observed as a pattern of behaviour.
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