About the Centre for Partnership Working

CfPW was created in 2019 by the university in recognition of the demand for a transformation in intra and inter sectoral public, private and not for profit distribution sectors joint working.

Contact with leaders from organisations in different sectors revealed that too often the language of partnership is used when describing joint working, when the reality is that relationships are often transactional and, at best, collaborative. If the potential value from joint working, in terms of the outcomes and outputs from resource investment is to be realised, joint working needs to change.

Large and diversified organisations in all sectors not only face the challenges of joint working externally, but getting joint working internally to work effectively. Too frequently, external joint working and performance is inhibited by a lack of effective internal joint working.

The Centre aims to support organisations and the leaders within them to achieve that change. Focused on the needs of practitioners, the Centre will draw upon practical examples and academic theory. It will seek to challenge and to stimulate new ways of thinking and working and to support organisations and their leaders to address how both internal and external joint working can be transformed.

Objectives

  1. To support organisations and their leaders to identify and evaluate external joint working options that can transform the outcomes and outputs from resource investment. 
  2. To support organisations and their leaders to identify and overcome the barriers to effective external joint working in practice.
  3. To support organisations and their leaders to identify, evaluate and address the challenges of moving from transactional, to collaborative to partnership relationships in external joint working.
  4. To support organisations and their leaders in developing the knowledge and skills to manage a portfolio of external joint working relationships.
  5. To support organisations and their leaders to identify, evaluate and address the challenges in internal joint working.