SAGE Journal Articles

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Heath, R. G. (2007). Rethinking community collaboration through a dialogic lens: Creativity, democracy, and diversity. Management Communication Quarterly, 21(2), 145 – 171.

Abstract: Community collaboration has become an influential interorganizational phenomenon that provides innovative solutions for social problems. This critical case study uses dialogic theory to investigate how collaboration stakeholders negotiate creative and democratic outcomes. Findings demonstrate how a dialogic moment, although embedded in a homogenous partnership that facilitated discursive closure, constituted meaningful organizational change. The study empirically extends the theoretical claim that diversity resides in the communication situation and reveals that collaboration practices and stakeholder models are better understood when grounded in dialogic theory.