I’ve been reading a chapter in one of the B325 course readers about the principles of the theory of collaborative advantage. One of the most profound insights I got out of this chapter was the way learning about collaboration, and discovering the inherent difficulties involved in collaborating can boost one’s confidence.
There are frequently recurring themes in collaboration, including common aims, communication, commitment, determination, compromise, working processes, accountability, democracy, trust, and power. Individual approaches to collaboration are different, but they often tackle a variety of these themes in different, sometimes contradicting combinations.
Everybody struggles with collaboration!
Realising that, and discovering the theme-based framework proposed by Huxham and Vangen (2001), is quite empowering.
(Source: Huxham and Vangen, 2005).