Interorganizational relations and effectiveness in school-business partnerships

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

John H. Croghan - Committee Chair


Purpose. The purpose of this study was to examine characteristics of interorganizational relations in school-business partnerships and their relation to success in these partnerships.Procedures. Sample selection consisted of three hundred twenty-seven school-business related partnerships in Dade County. Partnerships were rated by three district partnership coordinators on the extent: partners are satisfied with each other; the partnership contributed to the school; objectives were met; and activities were of a high quality. 83 within the highest 25th percentile were identified as more successful, and 82 within the lowest as less successful.Characteristics of interorganizational relations were measured by the Organization Assessment Instrument adapted for this study.Descriptive statistics summarized the data. A factor analysis was conducted to determine the factors that underlie the items measuring characteristics of interorganizational relations. T-tests for independent groups were used to assess differences between the two groups on the derived factor based scores.Findings. (1) Nine factors underlie characteristics of interorganizational relations in school-business partnerships: effectiveness; consensus; communication frequency; formalization; domain similarity; ease of communication; depth of awareness; duration of acquaintance; and resource dependence. (2) There were significant differences between the more successful and less successful groups on all of the factors except for ease of communication.Conclusions. (1) More successful partnerships are characterized by interorganizational relations that are different from those in less successful partnerships. They have a higher resource dependence, a stronger awareness of partners' organizations, a longer acquaintance between the partners' representatives, more similar domains, a more formalized relationship, and a higher perceived effectiveness. (2) The identified dimensions of interorganizational relations can be predictive of the degree of effectiveness in school-business partnerships.


Education, Tests and Measurements; Business Administration, General; Education, General

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