In a previous article (Etling & McGirr, 2005) the authors identified and discussed a number of issues with partnerships between U.S. universities and institutions in other countries. These partnerships have often been problematic. The purpose of this article, a model-building case study, is to describe one approach to forming such partnerships. This approach consists of a process that grew out of the conclusions in that previous article. Those conclusions were combined with 1) a review of literature on partnerships and coalitions and 2) opinions of a panel of experts. Experts were questioned by e-mail to determine key questions and issues that should be addressed during partnership formation. From the three sources, guidelines for building partnerships were developed, organized into a Partnership Exploration Instrument, and then tested with six different institutions in five different countries.

Keywords: Partnership, University Collaboration, Project Development, Memorandum of Understanding, Collaborative Planning, Development


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