Communities and Workforce Development

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Interorganizational Networks
among Community-Based
Organizations
Héctor R. Cordero-GuzmánBaruch College—CUNYIn recent years there has been growing interest among community- based organizations (CBOs), foundations, governments, and academics in examining the role and impact of CBO collaborations (or interorganizational networks) on organizational resources, on program capacity, and on the outcomes of participants in community-based workforce development programs. 1 Harrison and Weiss (1998a), for example, argue that network formation and maintenance are central to the development not only of successful organizations but also of employment training and workforce development programs. Their analysis focuses on organizational networks between programs and employers, community colleges, government agencies, and other CBOs, and it raises particular questions about the kinds of practices that lead to the formation of successful networks between CBOs.This chapter examines the factors related to the development of interorganizational networks (or collaborations) among community- based organizations engaged in workforce development programs and initiatives. 2 Based on material from case studies and on a review of the literature, I discuss two questions:
Why do CBOs enter into networks with one another? Here I focus on some of the internal and external reasons (mostly government- and funder-related) why CBOs seek to collaborate with one another on workforce development programs and on other service and program initiatives.

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