Creating a ‘world class’ program: reciprocity and constraint in networked global collaboration

Boud, David ORCID logoORCID:, Dahlgren, Lars-Owe, Abrandt Dahlgren, Madeleine, Larsson, Staffan, Sork, Thomas J. and Walters, Shirley (2006) Creating a ‘world class’ program: reciprocity and constraint in networked global collaboration. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 25 (6) . pp. 609-622. ISSN 0260-1370 [Article] (doi:10.1080/02601370600989327)


The paper reflects on the construction of a common Masters program across four universities located on four continents in order to explore the role of networks in international educational collaboration. The study draws on the documented processes of the principal members of the program team. It is presented as a case study of the development of the program that uses ideas drawn from actor-network theory to draw attention to the conjunction of human and non-human actors that shaped the resulting web-based courses.
Constraints arising from major institutional and systemic obstacles were addressed through the effects of the actor-network. The reciprocity of action and de-centering of individual activity made possible through the collaboration enabled the human actors to sustain a level of innovation within their own institutions that would not have been possible through them acting alone.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
Item ID: 21367
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Depositing User: Louis Van Baelen
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 14:37
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2019 16:22

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