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Case study of a community sector merger: The creation of UnitingCare West

Third Sector Review
Volume 18 Issue 2 (2012)

Abstract: On 1 July 2006 UnitingCare West commenced operations. It was formed through a merger of services from eight Uniting Church agencies and parish missions in Western Australia. Using material from UnitingCare West archives and from interviews with participants in the merger process, this article provides the background to the merger, compares the merger process with success factors identified in the literature, and evaluates the potential for the merger to inform the sector more broadly. It also identifies an important factor not found in the literature - the development of an Aspirational Statement. This was used as a constant reference point throughout the process and provided criteria against which to measure the success of the merger's expected outcomes.

To cite this article: Beresford, Marilyn and Hall, Chris. Case study of a community sector merger: The creation of UnitingCare West [online]. Third Sector Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2012: 117-137. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=959177703197710;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1323-9163. [cited 23 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Beresford, Marilyn; Hall, Chris; Source: Third Sector Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2012: 117-137 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1323-9163 Subject: Nonprofit organizations; Organizational change--Management; Social service; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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