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Patricia Greer, Ph.D., is a 2017 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change in the Graduate School of Leadership and Change at Antioch University

Dr. Patricia Greer [center] at her Dissertation Defense with her Dissertation Committee Chair, Dr. Lize Booysen [right] and Committee Member, Dr. Carol Baron [left].

Dissertation Committee

  • Lize Booysen, DBL, Chair
  • Carol Baron, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Carol Larson, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Matthew A. Koschmann, Ph.D., External Reader

Author Introduction Video accompanies this Dissertation


mixed methods, collective identity, collaboration, success, community value, committed members, time, resources, synergy, messy problems, iterative process, relationships, non-profits, interorganizational

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Interorganizational collaboration is a process used by committed stakeholders within a problem domain to solve 'messy’ or complex issues. Joint identification and resolution of complex problems is achieved through an iterative process, using elements for success: committed members, resources, time, communication, trust, shared goal, defined process, and collective identity. This study utilized an exploratory sequential mixed methods process as a practical approach, resulting in richer data and increased understanding of the phenomenon of collaboration. The guiding research problem explored which elements influence successful collaborations and, specifically, how collective identity is developed, sustained, and related to the perception of success. The research population was comprised of collaboration experts and the participants in 46 collaborations that submitted applications to receive the Colorado Collaboration Award in 2013 and 2014. The research focused on the following questions: what elements of collaborations were evident from the Colorado Collaboration Award applications and the interviews with subject matter experts, how did subject matter experts and survey respondents describe successful collaborations, what collaboration elements influenced survey respondent perception of collective identity and success, and how did survey respondents and focus group participants describe their collaboration’s efforts to achieve collective identity and success? The results of the study identified dimensions of success: collective identity, the development of relationships that bring value to communities, and despite challenges and differences, the building of something wonderful together. A new model for developing collective identity was justified. This dissertation is accompanied by the author’s MP4 video introduction. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive,, and OhioLINK ETD Center,


Patricia Greer, Ph.D.

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I have the honor of directing two master of science programs at University
College, University of Denver; Leadership and Organizations and Strategic
Human Resources. I held a wide variety of positions over my 23 years with
local governments, including Assistant City Manager, Director of Human
Resources and Organizational Development, Manager of Animal Control, and
Manager of Code Enforcement. In addition to these positions, I worked six
years in aerospace, 12 years on boards for non-profits, six years as a master
gardener and 27 years as an adjunct University professor. I have taught
leadership, ethics, sustainability, systems thinking, nonprofit excellence,
human resources. I enjoy being intellectually challenged.
In my free time, I enjoy training my dogs, riding horses, gardening, and
hanging out with my cat.


  • PhD in Leadership and Change - Antioch University
  • MA in Leadership and Change - Antioch University
  • Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Organization and Management – University of Colorado Denver
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Biology with a Minor in Chemistry – Metropolitan State College

Interorganizational Collaboration, Leadership, Systems Thinking,
Change and Transition, Sustainability, Strategic Planning and
Development, Strategic Human Resources, Employee
Relations/Lawsuit Prevention, Mediation and Nonprofit Excellence.

Patricia_Greer_Dissertation_Introduction.mp4 (94067 kB)
Patricia Greer Author Introduction