Alliancing is a way of working that focuses on relationships and creating an environment of trust, collaboration and innovation
The benefits of alliances come from the strong foundation of collaborative decision making. This requires clarity about the common goals and collective commitment to achieving them. There is team and individual accountability within an appropriate governance and management structure for the ‘virtual organisation’. With these in place there is a high trust environment that enables:
Alliancing can be applied to many different situations such as delivery of services, design, research and development, innovations, wholes system oversight. We have put some examples below of the way alliances have been used.
Alliances are ideal for enabling individual services to work together to a common goal and one set of whole-system outcomes . There is no need for a new organisational form or a lead contractor/sub-contractor hierarchy.
Alliancing unblocks typical issues that stall complex change programmes. Compared with a traditional Programme Board, a Programme Alliance creates a step change in commitment to achieve the common goals. Separate projects within the programme can be grouped under the overall alliance.
Alliances between providers allow for collaboration without the need for a new organisational form. Each member maintains their individual identity. Indeed, this is important as it is mix of the unique contribution of each member that creates the added value.
Bringing people together in an alliance to design a new model of service or the route to it is a great way to establish alliance working and behaviours at a low risk for all parties. This can be a precursor to moving to an alliance for delivery with financial implications or can be stand alone. The alliance can include relevant stakeholders and specialist advisers.
An alliance with a strategic leadership team can provide strategic oversight for a multi-organisational landscape. The mandate is to focus on the interfaces and efficiencies between parts of the system regardless of their performance, contractual and commercial arrangements
If you are considering whether alliancing or alliance contracting would bring added value to your situation please feel free to contact us. We would be delighted to talk with you.