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Negotiating interactions in state–voluntary sector relationships: competitive and collaborative agency in an experiential workshop

Milbourne, Linda and Murray, Ursula (2010) Negotiating interactions in state–voluntary sector relationships: competitive and collaborative agency in an experiential workshop. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations , ISSN 0957-8765.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-010-9138-4

Abstract

This article examines an experiential student workshop focused on state–voluntary sector relationships in the UK, which formed part of a postgraduate voluntary sector studies programme. The different group behaviours observed were instructive in illustrating how students, all working in third sector or related public agencies, perceive and have assimilated demands and practices of the external environment. These insights also highlight the value of experiential learning in higher education both for student reflection and research. The article adopts an interdisciplinary approach to examine some consequences of ideologies and behaviours associated with managerial culture permeating actions in this interactive setting. It combines critical discussion of non-profit organizations with group relations and learning theories, offering a different perspective through which to explore patterns embedded in inter-agency relationships. Consideration of ways that these patterns might be changed to improve the service environment in the voluntary sector has wider implications for research in this field.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2010 08:28
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 14:09
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2856

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