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Beyond ConsensusImproving Collaborative Planning and Management$
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Richard D. Margerum

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015813

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015813.001.0001

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High-Quality Collaboration Products

High-Quality Collaboration Products

(p.117) 5 High-Quality Collaboration Products
Beyond Consensus

Richard D. Margerum

The MIT Press

This chapter reveals that a consensus-building process, which follows good practice criteria, leads to high-quality collaboration products. It focuses on the theory associated with collaboration products, presents conditions for assessing outputs, and discusses the implications of such an evaluation. The quality of planning and consensus-building in collaborative initiatives is evaluated in different ways, including efforts to minimize disagreement or legal disputes over a specific time period. High-quality information-sharing plays a key role in the creation of better-quality collaboration products. The quality of a collaboration product is influenced by the level of trust and commitment, which allows stakeholders with conflicting interests to work jointly to achieve a common goal. Well-defined aims and objectives also play a key role in determining the quality of a collaboration product.

Keywords:   collaboration products, consensus-building, information sharing, stakeholders

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