What is it about?

Although collaborative health projects are becoming more common nowadays, many fail to sustain the long-term commitment and resources necessary for success. Using samples of Community-Academic Health Partnership projects from German-speaking areas, we show that collaborative leadership and sufficient financial resources can raise the project workers' hope. Hopeful workers then tend to be more committed, less stressed in reaching their project goals and perform better in their projects.

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Why is it important?

Hope is a job resource that can positively influence workers cognitively and motivationally. Therefore, studying how it functions in complex, resource-intensive collaborative projects can help workers perform better in achieving goals and be more resilient and engaged in challenging work. Since an individual's hope can be developed through training and coaching and it can spread to others, organizational leaders can leverage this resource to enhance project workers' performance, productivity and engagement, especially when financial project resources are scarce.

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Establishing long-lasting, impactful community health partnerships has been a critical challenge for many public health researchers and practitioners due to lacking resources and staff turnover. Therefore, by shifting our focus to individual project workers, our study aimed to offer new insights into improving their performance, well-being and commitment from an Organizational Behavioral perspective. We hope you find this article thought-provoking and helpful in designing and implementing similar projects.

Choiwai Maggie Chak

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This page is a summary of: Hope, goal-commitment and -stress mediating between collaborative leadership, financial resources and performance, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, July 2022, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ijppm-05-2021-0280.
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