In any partnership, transparent communication is necessary. Both parties can use SWOT analysis to determine risks and threats first. An organization that agrees to accept a strategic alliance knows what it wants from the beginning. Both organizations know that they will never settle for less than they already have and what they want to accomplish. Open communication during the Alliance also helps to cope with sudden changes and unpredictable events. An exchange of views and opposing ideas between partners can lead to more productive cooperation. The ideal first step before a strategic partnership is to analyze how your organization works.. . .