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Nonprofit and public sector interorganizational collaboration in disaster recovery: lessons from the field

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posted on 2023-05-20, 07:05 authored by Steven CurninSteven Curnin, O'Hara, D
Recent disasters have identified that interorganizational collaboration is often fraught with complexity. This article explores interorganizational collaboration in the nonprofit and public sectors during the disaster recovery efforts after a catastrophic flooding event. Based on a series of in‐depth interviews with practitioners involved in the recovery following a flooding event, the findings offer insights into the barriers and mechanisms used to facilitate collaboration. In disaster recovery, collaboration is reliant on established interorganizational structures and trusting relationships. Role clarity is the link between these two characteristics, and this article posits the association between this and the concept of swift trust to facilitate collaboration. Theoretically, this article extends an existing multidimensional model of collaboration into the context of emergency management. Importantly, it also offers a tangible output for industry in the form of an aide‐mémoire for collaborating in disaster recovery.


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Publication title

Nonprofit Management and Leadership








School of Social Sciences


Jossey-Bass Inc.

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United States

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© 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Curnin, S., O'Hara, D., 2019. Nonprofit and public sector interorganizational collaboration in disaster recovery: lessons from the field, Nonprofit management and leadership, 1-21, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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Expanding knowledge in human society