Collaborative futures: discursive realignments in austere times

Helen Sullivan, Paul Williams, Mick Marchington, Louise Knight

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • austerity
  • boundary object theory
  • collaboration
  • discourses


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