Collaborative futures:discursive realignments in austere times


This paper explores the future of collaboration in an era of austerity. Boundary object theory provides a framework to examine the significance and role of four key discourses in collaboration – efficiency, effectiveness, responsiveness and cultural performance. Crisis provides a way of examining how and in what ways discourses realign. The exploration of discourses aids critical analysis of collaboration across sectoral, geographical and disciplinary boundaries, highlighting the importance of understanding the contextual roots of collaboration theory and practice, and the implications of local/global dynamics.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Sustainable environment research group
Additional Information: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Sullivan, H., Williams, P., Marchington, M., & Knight, L. (2013). Collaborative futures: discursive realignments in austere times. Public money and management, 33(2) 123-130. Public money and management 2013 © THE AUTHORS, JOURNAL COMPILATION © 2013 CIPFA, Taylor & Francis], available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: austerity,boundary object theory,collaboration,discourses
Publication ISSN: 1467-9302
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2024 08:04
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2013 10:00
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2013-03
Published Online Date: 2013-01-21
Authors: Sullivan, Helen
Williams, Paul
Marchington, Mick
Knight, Louise (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4890-9980)



Version: Accepted Version

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