Inter-organizational collaboration is becoming increasingly significant as a means of achieving organizational objectives in turbulent environments. Yet it is not an easy process to implement successfully. Drawing on the work of authors with a high level of relevant experience, this volume provides a thought-provoking and accessible introduction to the theory and practice of `creating collaborative advantage'.
The first part of the book develops a framework of key dimensions for understanding collaboration. Different perspectives highlight the diversity of rationales and contexts involved, and the range of elements which need to be considered and addressed when embarking on collaborative endeavours.
The second section focuses in more detail on collaboration in practice. It examines the problems that can occur when different `stakeholders', who frequently hold different aims, cultures, procedures, professional languages and power resources, work across organizational boundaries. The last section addresses specifically the processes of acting as a facilitator to collaborative groups. It discusses how and why a third party facilitator role can be helpful, and explores the various processes and techniques that can be used.
Chris Huxham is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management Science at the University of Strathclyde. CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE WESTERN HEMISPHERE Catherine Barr University of Strathclyde Steve Cropper Keele University Colin Eden University of Strathclyde Arnold de Jong Netherlands
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION Collaboration and Collaborative Advantage - Chris Huxham PART TWO: RATIONALES AND CONTEXTS FOR COLLABORATION On the Theory and Practice of Transformational Collaboration - Arthur Turovh Himmelman From Social Service to Social Justice The Stakeholder/Collaborator Strategy Workshop - Colin Eden Cross-Sectoral Partners - Barbara Gray Collaborative Alliances among Business, Government and Communities PART THREE: COLLABORATION IN PRACTICE: KEY ISSUES Collaborative Working and the Issue of Sustainability - Steve Cropper Five Obstacles to Community-Based Collaboration and Some Thoughts on Overcoming Them - David Sink Involving the Community - Catherine Barr and Chris Huxham Collaboration for Community Development PART FOUR: INTERVENTION PROCESSES FOR COLLABORATION The Role of Facilitation in Collaborative Groups - Sandor P Schuman Group Decision Support for Collaboration - Chris Huxham Stakeholder Strategies for Positive Collaborative Outcomes - Charles B Finn Inter-Organizational Collaboration in the Policy Preparation Process - Arnold de Jong PART FIVE: CLOSURE The Search for Collaborative Advantage - Chris Huxham