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Collaborative Governance in University-Community Partnerships | Research

Collaborative governance in university-community partnerships: A case study of the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Nova Southeastern University public safety partnership


The adversarial relationship between “town and gown” that existed during the latter part of the 19th and earlier 20th centuries has subsided.  Metropolitan universities are now playing a role that fosters community development, embracing partnerships and engaging in collaborative initiatives.  This paper revisits the literature on collaborative governance and discusses two levels of analysis in university-community partnerships: inter-organizational dynamics and behavior, and management.  In this article, we conduct a case study of the Broward Sheriff’s Office – Nova Southeastern University Public Safety Partnership addressing the structure of collaborative governance, leadership and decision making, the process of collaboration, communication and coordination, negotiation and conflict management and accountability.  The partnership engages in joint real world teaching, research and community projects.  The study highlights the factors or themes necessary for successful collaboration, the challenges to governance and concludes by exploring how research-community partnerships are sustained over time.

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