Creating Collaborative Advantage by Chris Huxham PDF

By Chris Huxham

Inter-organizational collaboration is turning into more and more major as a way of attaining organizational goals in turbulent environments. but it isn't a simple approach to enforce effectively. Drawing at the paintings of authors with a excessive point of proper adventure, this quantity offers a thought-provoking and available creation to the speculation and perform of `creating collaborative advantage'.

The first a part of the ebook develops a framework of key dimensions for knowing collaboration. diversified views spotlight the range of rationales and contexts concerned, and the diversity of components which must be thought of and addressed whilst embarking on collaborative endeavours.

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In some cases, the theory is primarily descriptive theory about the nature of collaboration in practice. In other cases the theory is concerned with processes to assist those involved in collaborations. A concern with collaborative process is the third focus of each of the chapters. Even where the theoretical perspective is primarily descriptive, there are implications for the design of collaborative processes. A particu­ larly strong theme in the book is the design of facilitator-led processes for aiding collaborative groups.

Technical assistance provider Many organizations have substantial human and technical resources which can be made available in creating and sustaining collaborative efforts. These resources include, among others, data retrieval, new research and information-gathering, planning expertise, meeting space, legal opinions, other specific expertise on a wide variety of subjects, access to information and assistance in preparing funding applications, and lobbying assistance. Organizations do not have to be a highly visible or formal partner in collaborative efforts to provide many kinds of technical assistance.

Hickling, A. (1 994) Personal communication following the International Workshop at Strathclyde University on Making Collaboration Happen. Huxham, C. (1 993) 'Pursuing collaborative advantage', Society, 44 Journal of the Operational Research (6): 599-6 1 l . Huxham, C. (1 996) 'Advantage or inertia? making collaboration work', in R. Paton; G . Clark; G. Jones; J. Lewis and P. Quintas (eds), The New Management Reader. London: Routledge. pp. 238-54. Huxham, C. and Vangen, S. ' Working Paper 941 1 7, Department of Management Science, University of Strathclyde.

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