The Dynamics of Inter-Unit Police Coordination
Work tasks are regularly negotiated within and between organizations. The patterns of social interaction that determine negotiation outcomes were touched on in the previous chapter and deserve a more in-depth analysis here. We know from Chapter 5 that boundary actors prefer informal, interpersonal coordination over formal, systematized coordination and prefer horizontal rather than vertical coordination. We also know that common training and organizational structures facilitate coordination in the same way as divergent and idiosyncratic systems of work and organization inhibit it. In all cases, for two or more units to coordinate their work, a certain threshold must be overcome on the axes of boundary characteristics previously described. And. above all, resource availability is a minimum threshold that must be achieved before coordination or cooperation can take place, in most cases.
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