Clarifying Collaborative Dynamics in Governance Networks

Governance network managers are charged with triggering and sustaining collaborative dynamics, but often struggle to do so because they come from and interact with hierarchical and competitive organizations and systems. Thus, an important step toward effectively managing governance networks is to clarify collaborative dynamics. While the recently proposed Collaborative Governance Regime (CGR) model provides a good start, it lacks both the conceptual clarity and parsimony needed in a useful analytical tool. This theoretical paper uses the logic model framework to assess and reorganize the CGR model and then amends it using Follett’s theory of integrative process to provide a parsimonious understanding of collaborative dynamics, as opposed to coordination or cooperation. Uniquely, Follett draws from political and organizational theory practically grounded in the study of civic and business groups to frame the manner in which integrative process permeates collaboration. We argue that the disposition, style of relating, and mode of association in her integrative method foster collaborative dynamics while avoiding the counterproductive characteristics of hierarchy and competition. We develop an alternative logic model for studying collaborative dynamics that clarifies and defines these dynamics for future operationalization and empirical study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Austerity to Abundance?
Subtitle of host publicationCreative Approaches to Coordinating the Common Good
EditorsJohn Diamond, Margaret Stout
PublisherEmerald
ISBN (Print) 978-1787144668
StatePublished - Aug 2018

Publication series

NameCritical Perspectives on International Public Sector Management
PublisherEmerald
Number6
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