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Over the last decade, nonprofit, business, and governmental organizations have been increasingly working together to address societal and environmental problems. For example, recently the EPA and the Environmental Defense Fund collaborated with business and local authorities to address massive public health and environmental concerns that accompany the need for growing port facilities on U.S. coastlines. In order for cross-sector collaborations to succeed, future managers must possess an understanding of the diversity of perspectives and purposes held by organizations in other sectors. Risks, challenges, and issues inherent in collaborations, including how success is defined, how power differences are managed, trust built, and accountability assured, are critical in achieving mutually desired goals and benefits.
The Master of Public Administration program in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the Master of Business' Administration program in the Walton College of Business are working together to offer the Cross Sector Alliance certificate program. The program prepares students for a workplace in which they will be interacting with organizations from other sectors in joint projects or initiatives. Accordingly, students must understand the financial, accountability and general management challenges of the different sectors. In addition, the program also prepares students for work in different sectors and builds skills not addressed in stand-alone programs. In general, students will gain a fundamental knowledge of within-sector management issues, how those issues relate to cross-sector management and governance, and will be able to apply this understanding in practical scenarios.
Dr. Margaret Reid, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
Dr. David Hyatt, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Supply Chain Management
Dr. Vikas Anand, Associate Professor, Department of Management
Stan Zylowski, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Management
George Wibben, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Management
Joshua Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
"The new Cross-Sector Collaboration class enriched my MBA experience through exposure to not only theories, but also to real-world applications of collaborative projects. Meeting business, non-profit and public sector leaders who have the passion and the motivations to affect change in business and society was priceless and un-paralleled in my other course experiences. We learned firsthand how authentic collaboration is critical for the advancement of the mission of nonprofits. In my short tenure at my new job, I have already sought and found ways to improve lives at work and in the community that I attribute largely to knowledge gained through this course." -Honey Brinkley
For more information about the program please contact Dr. Margaret Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-5352.
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