PIPS Newry – Mourne – a collaborative work culture Autism NI, Mencap and SELB – Collective work for young people with learning disabilities The “types” and “aspects and benefits” of the table are not an exhaustive list. “Collaborative work is done when two or more organizations work together to achieve higher overall returns than when they are operating alone.” BASSAC, “Sharing Without Merging,” 2005 Cooperation agreements are usually found when individuals or companies that have their own business come together for something special and unique. The scope of your joint labour agreement should be proportional to the level of risk of your cooperation and the resources you have invested in it. The greater the risk, the more formal your agreement must be. Your agents are the last responsible for this decision. Cooperation has generated a great deal of interest in Northern Ireland in recent years, especially as the economic downturn continues and more and more organisations see cooperation, or even mergers, as an increasingly attractive option. This new climate has forced organizations to pursue innovative and creative paths to carry out their activities, remain on a solid financial footing and, in some cases, survive. Due to lower investment returns, the lack of increases in some funding flows and reductions by public support agencies had to assess their future viability. There are two types of cooperation – contractual and “entity” – based.
There are many examples of cooperation agreements floating on the Internet. Use your contract as a reference tool. It can help you check how well the cooperation works. In this way, employees will be more likely to think about how they work together in all aspects of their joint work. The Bytes Project – in collaboration with Tides Training “The recession is certainly a factor in this growing interest in mergers. Charity leaders, who have not yet considered working in partnership with other voluntary groups, are now faced with a situation where mergers have become a viable option to weather difficult times. Mike Caudrey, Blue Spark Consulting, ThirdSector, March 2009 The most formal end of the collaborative spectrum is “Fusion.” The National Council of Voluntary Organizations (NCVO) defines a merger as the process in which two or more organizations formally unite to form an organization, although they are clear: cooperation. More Than the Sum of Parts – a study on the collaboration of ISF carts on the Charity Index for Small Things, which focuses on small charities, and how they can create useful collaborations with other charities.
It contains examples and case studies on different types of cooperation. Numerous studies focused on cooperation in the VCSE sector suggest that collaborative relationships are created in response to turbulent conditions around an organization. There is no doubt that when the effects of the credit crunch became more evident after the end of 2007, the lack of resources to support the development of collaborative work became a factor.