Defining Collaboration – Overview

A month ago, after I wrote a review of Jane McConnell’s Global Intranet Trends for 2011 report, Jane left the following comment:

Hi Michael, I like your comment about your pillars and the 5 megatrends. You’re right.

One of the big governance obstacles I’m encountering with clients these days is the different ways people understand the word “collaboration”. It ranges from discovering people on social networks to structured work on projects. It’s causing a lot of confusion and (sometimes) unnecessary conflict when it comes to discussions about what belongs where. A post from you with some definitions would be great.

One thing for sure: collaboration moving into the intranet (or digital workplace) has been key in attracting interest and attention of senior management in some organizations I work with.

In the next few blog posts, I’m going to work towards answering her question. There are at least six posts required to do so … thus you have some reading coming up!

3 thoughts on “Defining Collaboration – Overview

  1. Looking forward to that reading Michael.
    I found an article using a simple story of two bakers in a small town fighting to stay alive as a WalMart setup there for the first time. I can’t find the story and didn’t bookmark it, but the general gist was to define between communication, cooperation and collaboration. A very powerful story because it has stayed with me and helped me keep my definitions clearer.
    If I find it, I will pass it on.
    Stu French.

  2. Just want to say your article is astounding. The clarity in your post is simply spectacular and i can assume you are an expert on this field. Well with your permission allow me to grab your rss feed to keep up to date with incoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the fabulous work.

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