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Creating Collaborative Advantage

Creating Collaborative Advantage

Edited by:
  • Chris Huxham - Graduate School of Business, University of Strathclyde, UK, University of Strathclyde, UK

200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Interorganizational collaboration is not an easy process to implement successfully, yet it is becoming a significant means of achieving organizational objectives in turbulent environments. Creating Collaborative Advantage draws on the work of authors with a high level of relevant experience, providing a thought-provoking and highly accessible introduction to this new concept. The book begins by developing a framework of key dimensions for understanding collaboration. It highlights the differing rationales and contexts involved and the range of elements that need to be explored before embarking on collaborative endeavors. Next, the volume focuses on collaboration in practice. It examines the problems that can occur when different aims, cultures, procedures, power resources, and professional languages cross organizational boundaries, paying close attention to the importance of creating and sustaining value for the participants in these contexts. Finally, the book addresses the processes of acting as facilitator to collaborative groups, discussing how and why a third-party facilitator role can be helpful, and exploring the various processes and techniques that can be used. Creating Collaborative Advantage is invaluable reading for students and professionals in strategic management, public sector management, management science and operations research, and general management.
Chris Huxham
Collaboration and Collaborative Advantage
Arthur Turovh Himmelman
On the Theory and Practice of Transformational Collaboration
From Social Service to Social Justice

Colin Eden
The Stakeholder/Collaborator Strategy Workshop
Barbara Gray
Cross-Sectoral Partners
Collaborative Alliances among Business, Government and Communities

Steve Cropper
Collaborative Working and the Issue of Sustainability
David Sink
Five Obstacles to Community-Based Collaboration and Some Thoughts on Overcoming Them
Catherine Barr and Chris Huxham
Involving the Community
Collaboration for Community Development

Sandor P Schuman
The Role of Facilitation in Collaborative Groups
Chris Huxham
Group Decision Support for Collaboration
Charles B Finn
Stakeholder Strategies for Positive Collaborative Outcomes
Arnold de Jong
Inter-Organizational Collaboration in the Policy Preparation Process
Chris Huxham
The Search for Collaborative Advantage

`The purpose of this edited collection is to introduce the theory and practice of creating collaborative advantage. The stated aims are to develop a theoretical framework, to examine the detail and problems of collaborative practice and to explore techniques and processes of third party facilitation of collaboration. Although these aims are explicitly addressed in separate sections of the book, a real strengh is that almost all the contibutions look at both theory and practice. A danger with a book in a new and emerging field is that writing about theory and practice turns out to be speculation and prescription. It is, therefore, refreshing to read a composite work in which most of the theoretical constructs have arisen out of reflection on practice which is rigourously examined. It is also clear that the distinctions between theory and practice are not regarded as absolute or unbreachable.... Overall, this book is successful in doing what it sets out to do. Collaboration is presented as complex and problematic rather than the latest in a long line of managerialist prescriptions. Both students and professionals who have an interest in this area will find it helpful in providing examples and theoretical tools for analysis' - Management Learning

`This book is a significant contribution to the debate surrounding partnership working... and one that focuses largely on achieving collaborative advantage "as a means of tackling social issues" (p.16). This is the real strength of the book, the idea that there are lessons to be learned from the theory and practice of partnership working that can deliver collaborative advantage to all sectors.... Overall, Chris Huxham has brought togther a discussion of the theory and practice of collaborative working from an academic conference into a publication that works. In my view this is itself a useful example of the pursuit of synergy to be found in collaboration. There is enough theory and enough practice here to give the edition a wide appeal and it should be read with interest by academics, practitioners and students alike' - Local Government Studies

Chris Huxham

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