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Leadership and Power in Fostering a Collaborative Community in a Non-Profit Professional Organization
Systemic Practice and Action Research
  • Rod P. Githens, University of Louisville
Document Type
Article
DOI
10.1007/s11213-009-9138-8
Publication Date
10-1-2009
Abstract
This article provides an account of first-person action research used for organization development in an all-volunteer professional organization. During a 12-month period, members sought to build a collaborative community out of a formerly defunct group. As part of this project, the group’s leader conducted a self-study by examining his role in exercising power while leading the group in building a collaborative community. Although the goals to collaborate and explore power relations originate in different philosophical perspectives, they were combined with moderate success in this project. An ongoing theoretical analysis of the challenges in using this approach illustrates the complications of combining collaborative approaches with the exploration of power.
Citation Information
Rod P. Githens. "Leadership and Power in Fostering a Collaborative Community in a Non-Profit Professional Organization" Systemic Practice and Action Research Vol. 22 Iss. 5 (2009) p. 413 - 429 ISSN: 1094-429X
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rod-githens/45/