Modeling the barriers to multistakeholder collaboration for COVID-19 pandemic response: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Temidayo Akenroye, Alim Abubakre, Jamal Elbaz, C.R Vishnu, Jean-Noël Beka Be Nguema, Gaurav Rana, Ugwushi Bellema Ihua, Hellen Kalili, Oyindamola Falode

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The aim of this study is to develop a model describing the interactions
and interdependence between the obstacles to effective implementation
of a collaborative model of pandemic preparedness and response. A comprehensive review of the relevant literature highlighted 15 key variables.
The contextual interactions between these barrier variables were identified
based on the opinions of experts with COVID-19 pandemic experience and
analyzed to determine their driving and dependence powers using interpretive structural modeling. The findings indicate that the lack of guidelines and procedures for coordinated actions, differences in organizational
culture (working habits) and funding constraints are the most critical barriers to effective multi-stakeholder collaboration. Managers of collaborative
programmes, policymakers and researchers should carefully focus on these
hindrances because any improvement in them can significantly affect the
overall system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-216
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Public Management Journal
Issue number2
Early online date7 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2022

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  • Stakeholder Management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration


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