S. U. Lanka Prasada, Prof. (Mrs.) R. Lalitha S. Fernando, Dr. B. J. H. Arachchige, Dr Kokila Konasinghe, Sri Lanka
Collaborative capacity is a critical factor in interagency collaboration, and the organizational capacity has been identified as one of the constituents of collaborative capacity. The existing literature on collaborative capacity mainly confine to the capacity needed for the management of the collaborative effort and the capacity specifically needed for the intended purpose of the collaboration - the "purpose-specific collaborative capacity", has not been investigated adequately in-depth. Similarly, though there are studies on collaborations already exist, there is dearth of research on potential collaborations focusing collaborative capacity. The objective of the study was to conduct an in-depth study focusing the constituent - "purpose-specific organizational capacity" to capture and understand the embedded complexities, in the context of law enforcement in marine environment protection, in Sri Lanka, and ascertain how and why such complexities are formed. The research was a qualitative study utilizing case study research strategy, and purposive sampling method was used to collect primary data through in-depth interviews. The content analyses based on themes were used to examine and capture the complexities, and the trustworthiness of the research was established through reliability procedures, and data triangulation. The findings of the study established the existence of two main perspectives in "purpose-specific organizational capacity" - the maritime perspective and the law enforcement perspective, and the extensiveness of complexities in each perspective could be distinguished and captured in six themes - legitimacy, operational, technical, logistic, training and development, and purpose-supportive structure, process and policies.