Leadership development evaluation (LDE) : reflections on a collaboratory approach

Smith, Simon and Edwards, Gareth and Palmer, Adam and Bolden, Richard and Watton, Emma (2023) Leadership development evaluation (LDE) : reflections on a collaboratory approach. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 31 (6). ISSN 1934-8835

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on the experience of attempting a “collaboratory” approach in sharing knowledge about leadership development evaluation (LDE). A collaboratory intertwines “collaboration” and “laboratory”to create innovation networks for all sorts of social and technological problems. Design/methodology/approach – The authors, alongside a variety of public and private sector organisations, created the collaboratory. Within the process, the authors collected various forms of qualitative data (including interviews, observations, letter writing and postcards). Findings – The findings show key areas of resonance, namely, the ability for participants to network, a creation of a dynamic shift in thinking and practice and the effective blending of theory and practice. Importantly, there are some critiques of the collaboratory approach discussed, including complications around: a lack of “laboratory” (hence bringing into question the idea of collaboratory itself), and the need to further develop the facilitation of such events. Originality/value – The originality is to ultimately question whether the network actually achieved the collaboratory in reality. This study concludes, however, that there were some distinct benefits within our collaborations, especially around issues associated with LDE, and this study provides recommendations for academics and practitioners in terms of trying similar initiatives.

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?? leadership development evaluation (lde)collaboratorytensionsculturecontextorganizational behavior and human resource managementstrategy and management ??
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