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A major limiting factor has been what Habicht referred to as “institutional blind spots.” Institutions have tended to compartmentalize their work and defend their turf; in other words, they are not oriented toward working with others and sharing information or resources. On a somewhat related point, the behavior of working across sectors is still not often rewarded within a given institution. Therefore, people are less willing to potentially jeopardize their careers by devoting substantial time to inherently risky cross-sector work. Owing to these institutional blind spots, there continue to be inefficiencies and redundancies that might be avoided through better cooperation and communication across sectors, and by extension, across emerging partnerships. This is where the typology can benefit individual partnerships; understanding where one fits within the typology helps eliminate wasted time and allows the partnership to begin accessing the knowledge of similarly styled partnerships.



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