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Collaborative Working Guides

We are pleased to provide the Collaborative Working guides below for purchase and download.

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Initial Partnering Profiling Tool

This publication is designed to stimulate initial thinking and provide a checklist of issues to be considered when starting out on the partnering journey.


Partnering and Public Sector Procurement

Partnering provides a framework to exploit best value through collaboration between public procurement and the private sector


Partnering and ICT

Effective implementation of ICT in the business community requires a collaborative relationship to ensure optimisation and successful programmes


Partnering and E-Trading

The internet and wired world now provides opportunities to link organisations as never before. The challenge is to develop the relationships to underpin the capability.


Partnering and Knowledge Creation

The effective exploitation of knowledge is the key to success of any venture. Creating the environment necessary to ensure the sharing of knowledge should be the driver for all organisations.


Collaborative Leadership Guide and Self-Assessment

The primary critical success factor for any collaborative business model is the effectiveness of the leadership in creating an innovative environment for mutual cooperation and benefit.


Collaborating for Total Cost of Ownership

As organisations aspire to provide greater value through total cost life cycle management programmes so the necessity to maintain effective business relationships increases.


Enhancing Internal Collaboration

As business models become more complex in support of customer requirements, the need to ensure internal alignment and collaboration are critical success factors in creating an innovative environment.


Collaborating for Diversity

The growing influence of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability creates challenges for the business community and in particular focus on diversity in the supply chain impacts every trading relationship.


Collaborating for Shared Services

The creation of shared service programmes brings many opportunities, however the challenges of integrating these programmes should not be underestimated.


Internal Self Assessment

This publication has been specifically created to provide organisations with a self assessment model based on the CRAFT programme and incorporates the structure which forms the foundation of BS 11000. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your own organisations is key to building a strong external partnership.


Strategic Partnering Overview for Directors

This guide provides a foundation for senior executives to evaluate and initiate partnering programmes. Executive sponsorship is a key ingredient to success and the deployment of partnering and alliance approaches can provide alternative business models to support business development.


Partnering Strategy

Developing a robust strategy is the key to success and this guide outlines the key issues for considering partnering approaches. Creating the right foundation is crucial if collaborative approaches are to be successful.


Supply Chain Partnering

This guide provides the catalyst for incorporating partnering approaches into the supply chain focusing on developing additional value through collaboration.


SME Guide to Partnering

This guide provides smaller organisations with the key issues to evaluate how partnering may enhance their business. Traditionally smaller organisations have not seen partnering as their territory but more and more the creation of competitive edge through strong relationships is seen as the model for the future.


Partnering for Service FM

The integration of facilities management reaches into the day-to-day activities of an organisation. Partnering provides a collaborative framework to develop an effective approach.


Exploiting Virtual Integration

In the global market place organisations are moving towards integration on a non geographic basis. whilst technology has bridged many of the obstacles it remains the integration of people and cultures that will define success. This overview of raises many issues for multinational organisations as well as those seeking to build network business propositions.


Risk Management

At the heart of every business operation there is a need for effective risk management.In many cases partnering and collaboration can provide mitigation or more proactive approaches. It is also important to recognise that partnering may also introduce some aspects of risk which should not be ignored. this guide provides an overview to help organisations focus risk in their partnering g programmes.


Value Creation

Partnering programmes will likely be established to delivery a specific output but the longer they operate the greater the possibility of them becoming stagnant. Continuous innovation is crucial to ensure that partnering programmes explore additional value generation through collaboration. This guide sets out the CRAFT frame framework to help stimulate new value.


Partnering Contracts

Partnering programmes have to operate within the existing business frameworks and this necessitates development of contracts between organisations. It is important that any contract is developed with a focus on out comes and partnering approaches. This guide provides some helpful direction on key aspect of contract development for success.


Partnering for Sustainability

There can be few in the business world that are not concerned with CSR and related sustainability issues. In many cases the implication of globalisation have increased the risks through greater interdependence. Partnering can offer a way to build more effective relationships and stimulate joint approaches to many of the concerns of sustainability.


Exit Strategy

Perhaps the most important aspect of establishing an effective collaborative relationship is to ensure that both parties understand both the rules of engagement and disengagement. Fear of what might happen frequently distracts attention from the mainstream activity. this guide helps to identify some of the issues and considerations.


Outsourcing and Partnering

Outsourcing has become a significant element of the business landscape but developing a working relationship and integrating the parties has often been the downfall of many programmes. This guide aims to highlight some of the key issues that should be part of the evaluation, selection and implementation for outsourcing.


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