Organization Management Journal


Using a power-based conceptual framework, we present a collaboration model to guide faculty and student affairs (SA) staff in working together to develop experiential learning assignments that help students apply leadership concepts to on-campus organizational problems. The PowerBased Student-Centered Collaboration Model (PSCM) consists of four stages through which faculty, SA staff, leadership course students, and student organization leaders operationalize their legitimate, coercive, expert, reward, and informational power in sharing resources for mutually beneficial student-centered learning experiences. Power structures provide coordinating mechanisms for information-exchange, decision-making, and role clarification in team-based collaborations. Using the PSCM, we developed a 6-week assignment Leading in the Real World for an organizational leadership course. By assessing leadership challenges, leadership course students helped student organization leaders improve performance. We outline how to build collaborative teams for motivating learning experiences that engage students in learning leadership. We discuss students’ reflections on faculty, SA staff, and student organization leaders’ feedback.