Examining the Collaborative Process: Collaborative Governance in Malaysia

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Abdillah Noh, Dr Nadia Hezlin Yashaiya


This article identifies and examines factors important to the collaborative process. It does so by treating Malaysia’s performance and management delivery unit (PEMANDU) - which is an agent that played a central role in economic and government transformation programmes - as a prism from which to identify essential components of collaboration. By examining PEMANDU’s various initiatives together with descriptions of two cases on collaboration, the article concludes that facilitative leadership and one-of-a kind organizational design are necessary but not sufficient conditions for a successful collaborative-governance endeavor. Institutionalizing collaborative governance remains problematic. This is because even though collaborative governance is nested within the country’s larger development concerns, the issues of trust, legitimacy and regime change have made collaborative governance a still nascent tool for public-sector reform effort.

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Abdillah Noh, Dr, International Islamic University Malaysia

Abdillah Noh is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He works in the areas of institutional change, public administration and public policy. Abdillah has a DPhil (Politics) from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Nadia Hezlin Yashaiya, University of Western Australia

Nadia Yashaiya is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on public management, with an emphasis on employee job motivation, socialisation and public service motivation.

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