Conclusion: Redrawing Boundaries, Reflecting on Practice and Policy
This chapter draws together the main threads of the book. The focus has been upon the development and operation of inter-organizational relationships in the context of broader institutional changes, including the closer collaboration of public and private sectors. Cases were drawn from across these sectors and have included examples of their intersection through partnerships and the use of agency workers. The blurring of organizational boundaries and the fragmentation of work and employment have been central themes, exploring how established, standardized, and unified forms of organization and employment have been disrupted. The central argument has been that understanding the dynamics of inter-organizational relationships requires recognition of the critical significance of employment relationships beyond the boundaries of the single organization. This requires the development of a framework that is attentive to how organizations are embedded within wider institutional structures and how their strategies are shaped, at least in part, by legislation and industry-wide norms and regulations.
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