Goals aligned: Predictors of common goal identification in educational cross-sectoral collaboration initiatives

Nina Kolleck*, Angelika Rieck, Miri Yemini

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The rise of cross-sectoral collaboration initiatives has been widely documented. While schools and third-sector organizations share important educational goals in these initiatives, the predictors of their identification with common goals have not been examined systemically to date. This article analyses predictors of common goal identification within educational collaborative initiatives through a case study of a German initiative aimed at tackling inequality in education. By implementing a mixed-methods design – including surveys, semi-structured interviews and social network analysis, combined with logistic regression and qualitative content analysis – we demonstrate that an actor’s identification with the common goal is shaped not only by individual characteristics, but also by his/her relative position within the collaboration. Findings of this study have practical implications for networked leadership and school principals’ work and training, since they inform regarding the particular settings, skills and knowledge needed for managing cross-sectoral collaboration to the benefit of schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)916-934
Number of pages19
JournalEducational Management Administration and Leadership
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020


FundersFunder number
Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftKO 4997/4-1, FOR 1745
Stiftung MercatorA16015


    • Social network analysis
    • common goal identification
    • cross-sectoral collaboration
    • educational network
    • mixed methods
    • third-sector involvement in education


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