Word Salad: Fun with Literature Review Quotes
At this stage of the first draft compiling, writing this dissertation feels like selecting quotes out of a salad bar and trying to string them together coherently, although hopefully a step above this word salad:
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Here is the latest clip from the literature review. It addresses what I think is the most important, sustainable aspect of interagency collaborations, namely the relationships that are created between collaboration members:
In addition to these tangible gains of participating in an interagency collaboration, much research has discussed the intangible benefits of participation in terms of relationships between members. Mizrahi and Rosenthal (2001) observed that achieving tangible interagency collaboration benefits is difficult but members considered continuous participation in the collaboration to work on common goals to be a successful outcome. Rivard, Johnsen, Morrissey, and Starrett (1999) found that interagency collaborations resulted in growth in interorganizational relationships between members. This finding was supported by Chever, Clifton, and Hogan (2005) who also found that interagency collaborations develop in such a way that a “wide range of entities, systems, and individuals can, in fact, develop a synergism in which the sum of the total is very much greater than its parts” (p. 12). Agranoff (2006) found that each individual agency participating in the collaboration gains:
Access to other agencies’ information, programs and resources, access to information and communications technology, cross-training of agency staff, and most important, enhanced external input into the internal knowledge base . . . collective process skills that accrue from working together over a sustained period of time . . . developing interagency planning, piloting an adaptation of new technology, developing a mutual interagency culture that leads to subsequent problem solving. (p. 58)
Agranoff (2008) concluded that these results were beneficial for individual member agencies and described this synergism as “reinforcing human capital growth by the benefit of successes” (p. 344). However, Byles (1985) notes that “collaboration requires more than the sharing of responsibility; it entails working together closely and observing each other’s performance – the dissolution of agency boundaries” (p. 553).
Yes, it’s quote heavy and some of them will need to be summarized rather than quoted, but PROGRESS.