Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 29–40 | Cite as

Transformational Partnerships: A New Agenda for Higher Education

  • Jude Butcher
  • Michael Bezzina
  • Wendy Moran


In this article we develop the concept of transformational partnership and illustrate how such an understanding has enriched the relationship between a particular university and a school system. Transformational partnerships are different in purpose, nature, and strategies from transactional partnerships. They are based upon genuine engagement and a focus on common goals and mutual benefits. In transactional partnerships each institution pursues its own goals with little consideration of mutual goals or shared purpose. The areas of community engagement, leadership, and transformational partnerships provided key concepts for analysing the case study showing how higher education institutions can think and work differently with other institutions, organizations, and groups to achieve mutual benefits.

Key words

partnerships transformational transactional community engagement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Advancing Community EngagementAustralian Catholic UniversityStrathfieldAustralia
  2. 2.School of Educational Leadership, Centre for Creative and Authentic LeadershipAustralian Catholic UniversityStrathfieldAustralia
  3. 3.School of Education (NSW)Australian Catholic UniversityStrathfieldAustralia

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