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Major Issues Affecting Performance in Regional Collaboration

Muhittin Acar and Chao Guo

The current paper aims to provide both scholars and practitioners with an “analytical tool”, or a “checklist” of sort to think thoroughly the critical determinants of “collaborative performance” as well as the most appropriate criteria for evaluating it. We identify and discuss, albeit with varying degrees of detail and depth, the following as the most critical, or major issues affecting the performance in and of regional collaborative undertakings: Rationales, Roadmaps, Rules, Roles, Responsibilities, Relationships, Resources, Risks, Rewards, and Reviews. Our main argument is that these ten issues or factors, taken together, constitute most critical, or major elements of many different types of collaborative arrangements. In other words, depending upon how they are dealt with, these ten components, by and large, might determine the shape and content of the debate about collaborative performance.

Studia Regionalia 18, (2006): 94-102