Complex problems and collaboration

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Bayne, Helen Lesley (2019) Complex problems and collaboration. Research Master thesis, Victoria University.


This study examines theory about complex problems and investigates inter-organisational collaborative practice. A collaborative imperative is required to address complex societal problems. However, much research about addressing complex problems assumes the need for collaboration, but does not pay attention to the intricacies and sophistication of collaborative practice. Nor does this body of research pay attention to the ‘wickedness’ of complex problems. This thesis challenges the assumption and expectation that increased collaboration effort has the capacity to resolve complex social problems in and of itself. A major strength of this study consists in the connections made between two disconnected theories.

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords complex problems; collaborative practice; collaboration; social problems; societal problems; wicked problems
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