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Title: Constructing effectiveness in collaborative groups
Author: Jones, Penelope Helen.
Awarding Body: University of the West of England, Bristol,
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 2007
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The research study focuses on developing theory to understand influences on effectiveness in multiparty collaborative groups working within the public and nonprofit sectors. It is based in the context of academic theory and research in the field of group effectiveness. The empirical research is based within the interpretivist research paradigm. Research data are based on interviews with members of six multiparty groups which may be seen as partnerships emerging within the context of the UK government's modernisation agenda. The study offers contributions to knowledge in six main ways. First, it suggests difficulties experienced with effectiveness by multiparty groups are both systemic (built in at the start) and dynamic (part of ongoing group processes). Second, it offers a new theoretical framework for understanding problems with effectiveness in multiparty groups in public and non-profit contexts. This framework stresses the tensions and ambiguities that are endemic within multiparty group working, and the dynamic relationship between goals, roles and internal and external relational process. Third, the theoretical framework developed is seen to have specific implications for practice in multiparty groups. Fourth, the study suggests that there are specific differences between multiparty groups and groups set in single organization contexts. Fifth, the research suggests that there are systemic and dynamic aspects of multiparty group functioning that mean that groups collude with a modernisation agenda that can be seen as a control agenda rather than one of democracy (community engagement and empowerment). Finally, the theoretical framework is thought to have relevance to contexts other than public and non-profit settings.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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