Principles of Networking and Collaboration



Short answers
1. Discuss the legal and ethical considerations for collaborative practice, including:
- copyright and intellectual property
- privacy, confidentiality and disclosure
2. What are four key principles of networking and collaboration?
3. How would you identify and/or fill gaps when networking and collaborating with relevant
services for your clients?
4. In (200 words) explain / define the following different types of networking for your
- Individual
- Virtual
- Formal / Informal
5. Discuss Industry structure and interrelationships between different organisations, both
public and private, within the Health sector. (Max 100 words)
6. Briefly discuss two (2) collaborative partnerships (service deliveries) currently in place in
your organisation. In the table below discuss any benefits and limitations of networking
and collaboration that you have identified. (200 words)
Benefits Limitations
For the client
For the
For the worker
7. Using the limitations that you have identified, discuss how you could promote a positive
image of your organisation?
8. In your organisation, in relation to service delivery, how would you share information
and resources, overcome any duplication, and maintain currency and accessibility of said
9. Identify and prioritise your organisation and individual needs.



Answer to Question 1


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It is necessary to check that the collaborative practitioner must respect the confidentiality of the participants and shall not disclose any information to the other parties who are not involved in the collaborative practices. It is vital to disclose any information only with the consent of the participants and this can be done with the help of proper law. On the other hand, proper permission must also be taken for different ethical guidelines so as to fulfil the requirements before carrying out any collaborative practices. The written agreements are considered to play a significant role before entering into the process and this should include the different provisions in a confidential way.  It is also the responsibility of the collaborative practitioner to clarify that they will maintain n the confidentiality before carrying out any such collaborative practices. The collaborative practitioners must have proper knowledge and it is important for them to understand the nature of conflict and the dynamics of violence as well as power. There must be certain pre-collaborative processes that will help in carrying out the screening activities and to deal with communication pattern in different collaborative practices (Jung & Song, 2015).
Copyright is considered to be a legal concept that gives the creator of the original copy an exclusive right. This prevents from unauthorised access and this gives credit to the individual fore carrying out his/her work in a proper way. This copyright can be given to the individual researcher and thus help in protecting the data. On the other hand, this copyright is also used for derived data and collaborative projects and this are jointly owned by the research institutions and other research organisations. It is vital to assign the copyright in the correct way after starting the project so as to avoid further complications. On the other hand, there are certain legal restrictions on the copyrights and it is necessary to be aware of the source material so that it becomes easier to be covered by the copyright law.
Confidentiality is related to information only whereas privacy is related to the right of controlling the access to oneself and thus it includes physical privacy. There must be confidentiality and this is necessary to be maintained in different kinds of data in a proper way. It is necessary to review the policies of the organisation and thus check that they are in accordance with the other law and policies. This will help in retention and disposal of records, use and collection of personal information with proper consent. It is necessary to know the policies of the organisation and then collect the desired personal information (Haz?r, LeSage & Autant?Bernard, 2016). 


Answer to Question 2


    1. a. It is necessary to provide value to the people and each individual must be paid value according to their contribution in the organisation. This will encourage the participation of the workers and thus they will be given more value.
b. The collaborators must try to clearly understand the role, the responsibilities and the goals
c. The team members and the collaborators must try to work together where they can share their individual opinions, ideas and needs and thus this has to valued and respected.
d. It is necessary to work together in a team and this will help in the development of teamwork, problem solving and good communication skills.


Answer to Question 3 


    It is necessary to monitor, assess and review how well the individuals will develop the networking and the collaborative practices while working in the group. It is also necessary to have a supporting network of people and thus it will reflect the abilities and the collaborative practices of each individual. There must be providence of proper goals and this will help in the development of better individualised services and thus make changes in the networks and collaborative practices. It is necessary to gather the desired information and this is considered to be the first step in the development of collaborative relationship. Knowing the services in a better way will help in further development and thus it will help in the delivery of best practices. On the other hand, it is also necessary for the people to receive support on that particular field so that it helps in fulfilling the needs of the individuals in a better way. The workplace policies and procedures have detailed information about the related services that are available in the workplace. This will help in the investigation of better services and thus carry out the task in a better way.  There must be maintenance of proper privacy and confidentiality and the private information must not be shared without the permission of the owner or whoever is held necessary. It is only vital to share the relevant information of that particular activity or task whose outcomes and gaols are shared in a better way for the efficiency level in the organisation (Herstad & Ebersberger, 2015). 


Answer to Question 4


    Individual: This is considered to be a set of human contacts that are known as individuals and thus it helps in the proper interaction process so as to support the particular group of activities. This kind of network is formed with the help of dedicated and caring people who help in the development of better relationships with proper support and given set of activities. It is necessary to have a strong personal network and thus stay connected with the strong network of resources for individual growth and development. These personal networks are considered to be mutually beneficial and thus they help in the development of team work in the organisation (Bian et al., 2014). 
Virtual: In this era of globalisation, it is necessary to remain connected with colleagues and friends as they act as a good source of information. This collaboration must be based on interaction and there must be better ability to meet the industrial experts, community members or colleagues and this is increased with the help of virtual networks. There can be sharing of information from different parties towards a common goal and this is possible with the help of virtual communication that is not hindered due to the process of physical separation. On the other hand, the virtual collaborators can also interact physically and they can share the technology with the help of different types of medium.  
     Formal/ Informal:  In informal network, it is vital to interact with friends and colleagues and thus find out relevant sources to carry out proper information.  These networks are considered as unofficial channels and thus they are considered relevant to the particular work. It can be said that the informal networks helps in carrying out the task in a  proper way and the most fastest way to receive the answer is to communicate over the telephone. It is also necessary proper support from the desired person and thus these individuals will help in carrying out the task in a better way in the organisation. Some individuals might find it useful to set up a small group and arrange for small meetings to discuss the work related issues. There are also different kind of opportunities for participating in the informal network and thus reading different articles from varied internet sources that are considered to be relevant for the work. 


Answer to Question 5


    The healthcare industry structure includes the non-profit organisations that provide access to medical equipment’s, medical services and the development of pharmaceuticals. This includes commercialization of the goods and thus helps in re-establishing and maintaining health. It is necessary to work in partnership that will help in the development, conceptualisation, implementation and evaluation of partnership progress and thus it can be considered beneficial to carry out any work within the organisation. There are certain changes in the public and the private health services and there are certain profit and non-profit elements that are to be associated with this organisation for different forms of operation and objectives (Pradhan, Patel & Solanki, 2016).



Answer to Question 6


For the client
The clients will get more capital and support to start up their business. There will be better flexibility and thus there are certain laws governing the formation of partnership and this are considered to be beneficial for the business. 
There might be several forms of disagreement and thus there will no proper ideas of running the business in a better way and thus taking important decisions for the development of the business. 
For the organization
There will be different complementary ways that will help in the enhancement of relationships. The efforts of different organizations must be given due consideration in this aspect.
There might be cultural differences and this will lead to conflict among the business organizations. 
For the worker
They must be able to take balanced decisions and this will help in the development of outcomes of the interested parties. It is also necessary to complete the work before the scheduled time. 
There are too many faux employees and thus the group might end up in problem and distress. There might be conflicts in the working style.  


Answer to Question 7


    In collaboration among the different business organizations, it is necessary to carry out significant investment in market research before releasing a particular product in the market. This will help in carrying out the task in a better way and it will not help to ruin the relationship completely. On the other hand, the employees must also know how to take balanced decisions in the development of better workforce in the organisation. This will help in reducing the delivery time and completing the work before the desired schedule (Jung & Song, 2015). 


Answer to Question 8


    It is necessary to maintain the ethical standards and thus communicate this in the proper way. This will help in maintaining confidentiality as well as development of collaborative network that will help in treating all the members in the right way and thus help them in carrying out the task properly. 


Answer to Question 9


    The main priority of the organisation is to restrict sharing of financial information of the different organisations. The information and the desired material must be shared to the owner and the authorised person should be contacted to get the desired permission. This will help in carrying out the project in  a better way and there must be proper security of personal information so as to avoid misuse, loss and providing access to any unauthorised person (Jung & Song, 2015).




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Haz?r, C. S., LeSage, J., & Autant?Bernard, C. (2016). The role of R&D collaboration networks on regional knowledge creation: Evidence from information and communication technologies. Papers in Regional Science.
Herstad, S. J., & Ebersberger, B. (2015). On the link between urban location and the involvement of knowledge-intensive business services firms in collaboration networks. Regional Studies, 49(7), 1160-1175.
Jung, K., & Song, M. (2015). Linking emergency management networks to disaster resilience: bonding and bridging strategy in hierarchical or horizontal collaboration networks. Quality & Quantity, 49(4), 1465-1483.
Pradhan, P., Patel, S., & Solanki, H. (2016). Analysis of the Citation Patterns, Keywords Clustering and Collaboration Networks in Presented Papers of PLANNER Conventions.

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