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
Early online date21 Jan 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Bibliographical note

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:


  • austerity
  • boundary object theory
  • collaboration
  • discourses


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