This book aims to develop four key challenges that remain unresolved in the boundary-spanning literature, which span from the conceptual, to the practice, to the translational. In doing so, it tackles the question of boundary-spanning from four different angles, providing an in-depth investigation of the current state of the field in each of these realms, in addition to new directions for solving the identified challenges. Finally, the book synthesises the lessons from each of these challenges into a coherent and integrated final piece of the boundary dilemma. In doing so, it will provide depth and a clearer agenda for future research and practice.
Crossing Boundaries in Public Policy and Management digs into the heart of enduring questions and challenges for cross-boundary working, providing in-depth conceptual contributions on the fundamental challenges of boundary work. It displays the latest state of knowledge on the topic and will be of interest to researchers, academics, practitioners, and students in the fields of public management, public policy, public administration, public-private relationships and coordination and collaboration.
Luke Craven is a Research Fellow in the Public Service Research Group at UNSW Canberra.
Helen Dickinson is Associate Professor of Public Service Research and Director of the Public Service Research Group UNSW Canberra.
Gemma Carey is Associate Director and the Research Director of the Centre for Social Impact UNSW and an NHMRC Fellow.
Introduction: The inexorable appeal of boundaries in public policy and management
Part 1: The Concept Challenge
Section 1: The Rise of Boundaries
Section 2: Classifications of Boundaries and Their Associated Impacts For How We View Boundaries
Section 3: Boundary Concepts
Section 4: Where Next for Boundaries?
Part 2: The Practical Challenge
Section 1: The Challenges of Cross Boundary Practice
Section 2: Lessons for Policy and Practice
Section 3: Training and Development
Section 4: Conclusions
Part 3: The Craft Challenge
Section 1: Boundary Spanners: Towards A Theory of Practice
Section 2: The Theory Underpinning Cross Boundary Facilitation
Section 3: Towards the Craft And Practice Of Facilitation Across Collaborative Boundaries
Part 4: The Methodology Challenge
Section 1: Review, Methodological Approaches to Understanding Collaborative Practice
Section 2: A spot light on systems methodologies: Methods to Understand Complex Issues
Conclusion: The future of boundary spanning research and practice
"Crossing Boundaries shifts the level of the debate by offering engaging and real challenges to those who both research and promote multi-disciplinary work." -John Diamond, Edge Hill University, UK
"This book fills a gap in boundary-spanning collaboration in the public sector. It consolidates and integrates current theory and practice from leading scholarly thought and countless practitioner experiences. Then it translates lessons learned from action research into new insights on good practice. The book reaches out to academics, students, and practitioners alike who study and practice collaborative leadership." - John Wilkins, York University, Canada