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Thinking about… collaboration

March 2011

Ben Cairns, Margaret Harris, Romayne Hutchison


In spite of unprecedented levels of policy-driven interest in collaborative working involving voluntary organisations, we know from our work that individuals and organisations can experience practical difficulties when trying to work collaboratively with others.


They face searching questions, such as:


  • Who should we collaborate with and why?
  • What form should collaboration take?
  • What do we need to do to make collaboration worthwhile?
  • How can we minimise the tensions which seem to accompany attempts to enact change in organisations?

In 2010, an attempt to shed some light on these enduring puzzles, we reviewed our portfolio of research over our first 10 years (2000-2010). Findings from this review are presented in this publication.


(IVAR_Thinking_about_collaboration 2011)

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