Claiming collaboration success: Signifiers and caveats

Chris Huxham, Paul Hibbert, Pam Hearne

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    Understanding what constitutes "success" in interorganizational collaboration is relatively unproblematized in practice, policy and research contexts. We taken an empirical approach to exploring the nature of espoused success signifiers in cases where participants have suggested that their collaboration is successful. We develop a rich conceptualization of colaborative success, which shows it to be more subjective, multifaceted, complex and tenuous than generally assumed. We show that the aspects of collaborative success that we identify - substantive outcomes, collaborative processes, emergent milestones, recognition and pride - along with some caveats, have implications for legitimizing and developing collaborative practice and supporting more useful performance research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusUnpublished - 11 Aug 2008
    EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting 2008 - Anaheim, United States
    Duration: 8 Aug 200813 Aug 2008


    ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting 2008
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Internet address


    • success
    • collaboration
    • collaborative advantage
    • evaluation
    • alliances
    • partnerships
    • joint ventures
    • networks


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