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Table 1 The six interrelated dimensions of the typology for describing the nature of the partnership over time.

From: Collaborating while competing? The sustainability of community-based integrated care initiatives through a health partnership




Organizational characteristics

Strategic orientation

The extent to which the partnership has a strategic orientation towards innovation through new service development or improvement of existing services.


Partnership governance

The extent to which the partnership's governance is strategically directed towards serving collective interests.


Partnership culture

The extent to which standards and values are shared between the participating care organizations.


Partnership structure

The extent to which collaborative activities are organized into formal structures.

Managerial characteristics

Strategic fit

The extent to which the participating health-care organizations fit together to achieve the partnership's goals.


Partnership management

The extent to which management processes such as decision-making, negotiations and knowledge exchange are regulated.

  1. Source: Janssen APJ, Volberda HW, Asselberg CM [33].