Exploring collective leadership and coproduction: An empirical study
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Docherty, K. (2020) Exploring collective leadership and coproduction: An empirical study. In: Overgaard Thomassen, A. & Borup Jensen, J. (eds.) Processual Perspectives on the Co-Production Turn in Public Sector Organizations. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp. 130-155.
This chapter explores coproduction through a collective leadership lens. It draws from the public administration and leadership fields and a 2019 empirical study of public service collaboration in Scotland, UK. It is suggested that tensions generated by working within a New Public Management model combined with frustrations felt from current collaborative practice have motivated an exploration into alternative conceptions of leadership and different ways of working when collaborating. The findings reveal that collaboration can be strengthened through the application of four key processual and attitudinal modifications. This approach is described as working in an emergent and relational way while applying a systems and inquiry mind-set. It is the effect of the sum of these parts that boosts the intensity of collaborative work, offering a number of benefits, including an enriched and dynamic coproduction process embedded within its practice.