Research Project 1 (RP1)
An Assessment of the Current State of Collaborative Working
as a Business Discipline in Australia
The topic for ICWA's Research Project One (RP1) is: An Assessment of the Current State of Collaborative Working as a Business Discipline in Australia.
RP1 seeks to understand the current state of Collaborative Working in different sectors and industries, as well as for organisations of different sizes and types.
RP1 is assessing the current state of collaborative working as a business discipline in Australia through a focus on the following questions:
How ‘mature’ is the discipline of Collaborative Working in Australia? How does this differ across sectors and industries? How does this differ based on organisation type and size?
What are the key drivers toward greater adoption of Collaborative Working? What is the impetus for change? Are there ‘champions’ of the cause?
What are the barriers that prevent Collaborative Working? What are the enablers that facilitate Collaborative Working?
What change is needed in order to successfully shift to the Collaborative Working paradigm? (e.g. skillsets and competencies, technologies, new practices and ways of doing business, expectations of contractors/suppliers/customers)
RP1 is an exploratory research project that will establish our understanding of the current state of Collaborative Working in Australia.
RP1 method includes:
Roundtables: a series of consultations inviting input from the Community of Practice and broader interested parties,
Submissions: a call for written input from interested businesses, organisations, and individuals,
Practitioners input: drawing upon the knowledge base of key practitioners and experts, and
Desktop research: preliminary review of available information and literature.
Input from the Community of Practice and broader interested parties is being sought through a series of Roundtables. The Roundtables seek participants' input and feedback on the research questions, and also provide an opportunity for participants to shape the development and understanding of Collaborative Working in Australia. The Roundtables also include discussion of ICWA’s role. The Roundtables are seeking participants from a range of sectors and industries, as well as from organisations of different sizes and types. The Roundtables are FREE events, open to all interested parties.
A Roundtable focused on SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) was held in Adelaide in November 2022. An update on Research Findings from this first Roundtable was provided by ICWA Directors in May 2023 - go to our Webinar Recordings page to watch.
An online RP1 Roundtable is being held from10am -12pm AEDT on Thursday 7 December 2023.
The RP1 Roundtables provide an opportunity to:
- shape the development and understanding of Collaborative Working in Australia,
- tell us about Collaborative Working in your business, industry or sector, and
- give your views on the changes needed to shift to the Collaborative Working paradigm.
ICWA is inviting written submissions on the topic and research questions.
Submissions may take the form of:
research question/answer format, &/or
sending us relevant information for consideration – such as case studies or best practice examples, &/or
providing information about collaborative working practices or activities in a specific business, industry or sector, &/or
ideas on how collaborative working could best be developed and applied in your field, &/or
suggestions about the role of ICW Australia or other key parties (governments, industry bodies, etc.).
Submissions are welcome from businesses, organisations, and individuals.
Please do not include any confidential material in your submission, as any material provided may be replicated or otherwise drawn on in the Research Report.
Submissions close: COB Friday 22 December 2023
For brief input, please use our quick submission form BELOW