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Abstract

Often, when I think about the nature of interorganizational partnerships and networks, I find myself thinking about the broader meaning of relationships, which form an integral part of our lives. What is it about relationships that make them so intricate, unique, mysterious, and full of opportunities? What are the components required for building a successful relationship that allows us to grow and develop in the complex world in which we live? Is it the ability to trust one another? Is it the ability to recognize one another’s needs and interests? Or maybe it is the belief that together, we can reach more distant and important places than on our own? I have been pondering these questions for quite a while now, and they have led me to consciously — or maybe unconsciously — connect with the fascinating world of collaborations among communities and organizations, and later to the professional and academic study of interorganizational networks.

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