International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

 

IN THE INTEREST OF BUSINESS: BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATIONS
Edwin Meléndez, Josh Hawley, Lynn McCormick

Abstract
Using a national random survey of 716 business associations, our study finds that collaborations are important workforce development activities of both chambers of commerce and trade associations. The structure of collaborations is consistent across both types of business associations and for five categories of workforce development activities. Preferred partners for business associations are community colleges, schools, and government-sponsored one-stop career centers. Member participation and local labor market conditions affect the shared goals, expected benefits, and the kind of supportive processes needed to foster cross-sector collaborations. The overall findings from the study are consistent with the theory of an alliance marketplace, and indicate that business association partnerships and collaborations are an integral part of their workforce development programs targeting disadvantaged workers.

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