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The voluntary sector can learn from the theory of collaborative advantage

If you want to collaborate with another organisation, it pays to understand why some partnerships don't work, writes Professor Siv Vangen, Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership at The Open University Business School. Read her blog here.

1st June 2017

Is leadership different in voluntary organisations, and if so why?

This question is often at the heart of many lively discussions here at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership.  However, Carol Jacklin-Jarvis's reading about the relationship between leadership and context, and reflections on recent research interviews, is leading her to ask a slightly different question.

10th May 2017

Austerity and public sector cuts undermines trust in the voluntary sector

Research conducted by The Open University Business School’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership shows that the public trust in smaller charities far exceeds that of their larger counterparts. This blog is written by Dr James Rees, the former Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership.

14th November 2016

Researching leadership in cross sector collaborations

Daniel Haslam is a new PhD student in the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership. In this blog, he introduces his research into voluntary sector leadership in the context of cross-sector collaborations, which focuses on the emerging NHS multispecialty community providers.

4th October 2016

To collaborate or not to collaborate?

'The question for many leaders is: how far are we willing to compromise, what kind of trade-offs are reasonable, and when does collaboration simply threaten our identity too significantly to be worth the potential benefits?' This blog is third in a series written by Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis. Here, she discusses the dilemmas of leading across boundaries. 

1st September 2016

Is collaboration inherently a good thing?

Carol Jacklin-Jarvis offers three (and a ½!) thoughts on a collaborative approach to leadership for social justice. This is the second blog in a series she has produced for the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership in The Open University Business School.

5th August 2016

Is collaboration always the answer?

Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis questions the 'warm glow' surrounding the common exhortation to collaborate. This is the first blog in a series of three she has written for the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership in The Open University Business School.

23rd June 2016

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership is ‘Open for business’

CVSL has been created thanks to a generous investment by OU alumnus Anthony Nutt. Its aim is to strengthen leadership in the voluntary sector through the provision of free leadership courses and the completion of research on leadership over the next few years. The Centre will be officially launched in October at a free event in London.

25th May 2016

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership is based in The Open University Business School and provides a new opportunity to access learning resources and research-led insight into leadership in the voluntary sector and collaboration within and across sector boundaries. 

24th February 2016

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