Managing cultural diversity in collaborations: a focus on management tensions

Vangen, Siv and Winchester, Nik (2014). Managing cultural diversity in collaborations: a focus on management tensions. Public Management Review, 16(5) pp. 686–707.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2012.743579

Abstract

This article explores the management of cultural diversity in public and not-for-profit collaborations spanning organizational, professional and national boundaries. Through the framing of a culture paradox, it identifies three interrelated tensions pertaining to the management of cultural diversity towards collaborative advantage. These tensions address: interactions between organizations within a collaboration; interactions between individual actors and their orientation towards the collaboration and their host organization; and the quantity and extent of cultural diversity within a collaboration. The culture paradox and its inherent management tensions provide theoretical and practical conceptualizations that are relevant to management and governance of collaboration.

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