Although there is currently no widely accepted general theory of collaboration, there are many theoretical approaches to collaborative practice that have been developed within a wide variety of disciplines.
- Mark Elliott's PhD dissertation includes a generalized framework for collaboration, as well as collective activity in general. This framework is marked by the distinction between coordination, cooperation and collaboration, with each activity being dependent upon the previous while addressing increased levels of complexity. These principles are outline on this diagram. For a more broad treatment, see the chapter on collaboration: http://mark-elliott.net/view/Dissertation/CollaborationDissertation
Reviews of books on Collaboration
Democracy is Possible, Here’s How People Harness their Collective Wisdom and Power to Construct the Future in Co-Laboratories of Democracy -- http://danshaw.com/democracy.html
Locating Consensus for Democracy: A Ten-Year U.S. Experiment Public Interest Polling -- http://danshaw.com/polling.html
Model of Social Transformation That Actually Explains How & Why a Few Social Movements Succeed While Most Fail: Research into the nature of events involving two forces... -- http://danshaw.com/9-stage-model.php