Collaboration

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What is Collaboration?

Collaboration is a joint effort of multiple individuals or work groups to accomplish a task or project. Within an organisation, collaboration typically involves the ability of two or more people to contribute to creating value. In the enterprise, the ability to collaborate (and communicate) is increasingly becoming essential to business applications. Enterprise collaboration may encompass the use of a collaboration platform, enterprise social networking tools, a corporate intranet and the public Internet.

  • Synchronous collaboration, known as real-time collaboration, involves collaborative partners working together simultaneously and in communication as they work.
  • Collaboration may be asynchronous, in which case those collaborating are not necessarily communicating and working together at the same time.
  • Contextual collaboration involves embedding business applications, such as word processors, shared calendars and other software into a unified user interface that uses presence technology to enhance collaboration. That approach allows people to communicate and instantly share any resources at their disposal from within any of the applications. The purpose is to make online collaboration as simple and intuitive as working with people in the same room, while enabling that capacity between people anywhere in the world.

Thinking about the concept

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Relations of Collaboration within Organisational futuring (and Corporate futuring)

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There exists a close vertical relationship within Organisational futuring:

On the Inner focus level, a close relationship exists with:

Corporate futuring and Organisational futuring intertwine, on the Inner focus level, through:

In concrete terms, this means:

  • The trio - 'Collaboration', 'Learning organiation' and 'Requisite organisation' - is inextricably linked.
  • Your 'Collaboration' contributes substantially to 'Managing', 'Governance' and 'Motivation'.
  • Furthermore, 'Collaboration' is part of the Inner focus level where 'Organisational-' and 'Corporate futuring' meet.

Questions we can ask ourselves when contemplating Collaboration

  • Supports our 'Collaboration', our 'Managing' our 'Governance' and our 'Motivation'?
  • Is our 'Collaboration' robust enough to generate a vialble 'Learning organisation'?
  • Is our 'Collaboration' keen enough to maintain our 'Long term thinking' and 'Support'?
  • Is our 'Collaboration' a collider or a mediator between our 'Motivation' and 'Managing'?