Dialogic collaborations are loosely structured projects which accept and often encourage members to shift roles, and often value the process of working toward the project’s goals as highly as actually attaining them. As a result of these projects’ loose structure, they are often less hampered by time restrictions as hierarchical collaboration.
The most common adaptive strategy used in these cases is simply for the most experienced members of the team to keep the project in motion. As long as something is happening, dialogic collaborations can be kept fruitful for a very long time, even when collaborators are only able to contribute once or twice a month.
Collaborative projects my employ a combination of both dialogic collaboration and hierarchical collaboration.
Indeed this very site may be an example of dialogic collaboration, as well as processes embodied in the Open Source software movement.
- Lunsford, Andrea, and Lisa Ede. Singular Texts/Plural Authors: Perspectives on Collaborative Writing. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1990, p. 134.
- The Wicked Problem of Collaboration, by Judd Ruggill and Ken McAllister, paragraph 12.