Development and Effectiveness of Facilities Partnerships

Topics: Shared Services, Administrative Service Delivery Models, Administration and Finance, Facilities and Operations

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Research Questions

  • Which university stakeholders are involved in the development of a shared service partnership with other institutions? 
  • What is the process for initiating a facilities services shared service partnership? 
  • What services are included in facilities services partnerships between multiple institutions? 
  • What facilities services are best suited for a shared service partnership?


Shared services partnerships can allow administrators to more effectively contract trades workers and consultants (e.g., energy efficiency managers and environmental health and safety officers), as well as decrease the cost of products and services by accessing economies of scale. Some partnerships, however, face more significant challenges than others. This brief examines the processes through which administrators develop shared services partnerships, institutional factors that increase the effectiveness of partnerships, and the likely success of various types of shared services, including trades services.

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