Friday, 15 August 2008


Perhaps collaboration is the same as engagement.
  • it is interchangeable with cooperation {Huxham, 1993} and means "something to do with working together". Huxham introduces the concept of "collaborative advantage" to solve problems together
  • "strong collaborative relationships go hand in hand with good project performance" {NAO, 2006}
Shaffer {Schaffer, 2002: 55} indicates that under the traditional consulting paradigm, consultants do not agree to collaborate. That sounds like avoiding engagement, and engagement is the same as collaboration.

HUXHAM, C. (1993) Pursuing Collaborative Advantage. The Journal of the Operational Research Society, 44, 599-611.
NAO (2006) Good governance: Measuring Success Through Collaborative Working Relationships. National Audit Office.
SCHAFFER, R. H. (2002) High Impact Consulting, Jossey-Bass.

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