Collaboration, Venus, and Mars: The Gender Factor in Intersectoral Relations

Posted: 26 Sep 2018

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Khaldoun Abou Assi

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Zachary Bauer

American University - School of Public Affairs

Jocelyn Johnston

American University

Date Written: September 26, 2018

Abstract

Scholarship across disciplines offers evidence that gender plays a significant role in organizational dynamics. Gender differences in preferences, attitudes, and behaviors affect employee behavior and organizational outcomes. This article extends the gender factor into the realm of interorganizational and intersectoral collaboration to examine not just whether, but also how gender affects the management of these relationships. We analyze these differences in the context of local government–nonprofit organization (NPO) relations in a developing country with data from two 2017 nationally representative surveys of local governments and NPOs in Lebanon. Our results suggest that in male-dominated nations like Lebanon, females leading local government organizations are less likely to enter into cross-sector collaborations than their male counterparts, and in the nonprofit sector, gender plays no significant role in the decision to collaborate. However, among existing collaborations, females, as compared with males, have been more likely to both initiate and fund the interorganizational/intersectoral relationships. These results contribute to the literature on gender, management, and intersectoral collaboration, and offer an agenda for future scholarship on these topics.

Suggested Citation

Abou Assi, Khaldoun and Bauer, Zachary and Johnston, Jocelyn, Collaboration, Venus, and Mars: The Gender Factor in Intersectoral Relations (September 26, 2018). American University School of Public Affairs Research Paper No. 3255622, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3255622

Khaldoun Abou Assi (Contact Author)

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

Zachary Bauer

American University - School of Public Affairs ( email )

Washington, DC 20016
United States

Jocelyn Johnston

American University ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

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