Points of power

There are many seemingly mundane activities that make up the day-to-day activities associated with collaboration, but these activities can actually form points of power that can strongly influence the collaborative agenda and the way it is carried out.

Typical points of power (or power infrastructure) include:

  • Naming
  • Membership decisions
  • Identity attributed to individuals and organisations
  • Invitation and buy-in
  • Bringing people together
  • Meeting management
  • Meeting agendas and format
  • Meeting follow-up

(Source: Huxham and Vangen, 2005).

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