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Doing things collaboratively: Realizing the advantage or succumbing to inertia?

Huxham, C. and Vangen, Siv (2004) Doing things collaboratively: Realizing the advantage or succumbing to inertia? Organizational Dynamics, 33 (2). pp. 190-201. ISSN 0090-2616

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Abstract

Presents a set of seven overlapping perspectives on collaborative management. This is extracted from the theory of collaborative advantage, which has derived from extensive action research over 15 years. We have worked with practitioners of collaboration, in the capacity of facilitators, consultants and trainers, in a wide variety of collaborative situations. We have kept detailed records about the challenges and dilemmas faced by managers, and of comments they make in the course of enacting their collaborative endeavours. Many such statements are reproduced as illustrative examples in this article.