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Inter-organizational cooperation in community health organizations: A competence-based perspective

Mário Franco (CEFAGE-UBI Research Center, Management and Economics Department, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal)
Heiko Haase (Department of Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences Jena, Jena, Germany)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 9 March 2015



The purpose of this paper is to examine various aspects related to inter-organizational cooperation and how this phenomenon can be applied to healthcare institutions.


To fulfil the aim, a qualitative investigation was adopted, focussing on the relationship between public hospital and a higher education institution in Portugal.

Practical implications

The study supports health managers and higher education leaders, and other stakeholders involved inter-organizational cooperation drawing up strategies and understanding inter-organizational cooperation’s impact at the regional level.


One contribution is to help fill a gap regarding the empirical research surrounding cooperation between organizations, especially in the health sector, where scientific studies are scarce. It also provides new insights by applying competence-based theory to analyze different approaches to hospital cooperation, which has received scant attention in the health sector.



The authors thank the anonymous reviewers for their very helpful comments that contributed to the development of this paper. The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from FCT and FEDER/COMPETE through grant PEst-C/EGE/UI4007/2013.


Franco, M. and Haase, H. (2015), "Inter-organizational cooperation in community health organizations: A competence-based perspective", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 193-210.



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