Creating value for participants in multistakeholder alliances: The shifting importance of leadership and collaborative decision-making over time

Thomas D'Aunno, Jeffrey A. Alexander, Lan Jiang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Background: Multistakeholder alliances that bring together diverse organizations to work on health-related issues are playing an increasingly prominent role in the U.S. health care system. Prior research shows that collaborative decision-making and effective leadership are related to members' perceptions of value for their participation in alliances. Yet, we know little about how collaborative decision-making and leadership might matter over time in multistakeholder alliances. Purpose: The aim of this study was to advance understanding of the role of collaborative decision-making and leadership in individuals' assessments of the benefits and costs of their participation in multistakeholder alliances over time. Methods: We draw on data collected from three rounds of surveys of alliance members (2007-2012) who participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality program. Findings: Results from regression analyses indicate that individuals' perceptions of value for their participation in alliances shift over time: Perceived value is higher with collaborative decision-making when alliances are first formed and higher with more effective leadership as time passes after alliance formation. Practice Implications: Leaders of multistakeholder alliances may need to vary their behavior over time, shifting their emphasis from inclusive decision-making to task achievement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-111
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Care Management Review
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

Keywords

  • collaborative decision-making
  • leadership
  • multisector alliances

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Policy
  • Strategy and Management

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Creating value for participants in multistakeholder alliances: The shifting importance of leadership and collaborative decision-making over time'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this