1st Edition

Managing to Collaborate The Theory and Practice of Collaborative Advantage

By Chris Huxham, Siv Vangen Copyright 2005
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    Collaboration between organizations on different continents can raise issues of economic development, health, the environment, risk sharing, supply chain efficiency and human resource management. It is an activity that can touch upon almost every aspect of business and social life. In this notable text, the authors combine rigorous theory with practical examples to create a useful, practical, one-stop resource covering topics such as:

    • the principles of the theory of collaborative advantage
    • managing aims 
    • membership structures and dynamics 
    • issues of identity
    • using the theory.

    The key features of the book include rich theory, drawn directly from practice, explained in simple language, and a coherently developed understanding of the challenges of collaboration, based on careful research. This significant text will be an invaluable reference for all students, academics and managers studying or working in collaboration.

    Part 1: Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Collaborative Advantage 1. Collaborative Advantage: Why? What? How? And Why Not? 2. Cases of Collaboration 3. The Principles of the Theory of Collaborative Advantage 4. Action Researching Collaboration 5. Grappling with Advantage and Inertia Part 2: Themes in Collaboration Practice 6. Managing Aims 7. Negotiating Purpose 8. Membership Structures and Dynamics 10. Using Power 11. Issues of Identity 12. The Meaning Of Leadership 13. Doing Leadership Part 3: Collaboration in Practice 14. Using the Theory: Managing Tensions in Collaboration Practice 15. Managing to Collaborate - And Getting a Buzz From it


    Chris Huxham is Professor of Management and Director of Research at the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business.

    Siv Vangen is Lecturer in Management at the Open University and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business