What is collaboration?

  • (noun): Act of cooperating traitorously with an enemy that is occupying your country.
    Synonyms: collaborationism, quislingism
    See also — Additional definitions below


Collaboration is working together to achieve a goal. It is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals, (this is more than the intersection of common goals seen in co-operative ventures, but a deep, collective, determination to reach an identical objective) — for example, an intriguing endeavor that is creative in nature—by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources. Collaboration is also present in opposing goals exhibiting the notion of adversarial collaboration, though this is not a common case for using the word.

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Some articles on collaboration:

Collaboration - Contemporary Examples - Technology
... the complexity of today's business environment, collaboration in technology encompasses a broad range of tools that enable groups of people to work together including social ... Many large companies are developing enterprise collaboration strategies and standardizing on a collaboration platform to allow their employees, customers and partners to intelligently ... Enterprise collaboration tools are centered around attaining collective intelligence and staff collaboration at the organization level, or with partners ...
Community Archaeology - Critiques - Consultation and Collaboration
... the process of interpretation, and that consulting is a ‘top-down’ approach to collaboration ... Also, some definitions of the word ‘collaboration’ make allusions to opposed and/or warring parties cooperating with one another during tense or bellicose times ...
The Culture Of Collaboration
... The Culture of Collaboration is a business book by Evan Rosen ... The Culture of Collaboration explores how collaborative culture is changing business models and the nature of work ... book also describes the trend towards real-time, spontaneous collaboration and the deserialization of interaction and work ...
Co-creation and Corporate Management
... During the mid-2000s, these innovations in customer engagement and collaboration expanded and morphed into global economic trends including the co-created ... developing theories influenced by "co-creation" and customer collaboration ... Williams's Wikinomics How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, a book that popularized the concept of corporations using mass collaboration and open source innovation ...

More definitions of "collaboration":

  • (noun): Act of working jointly.
    Example: "They worked either in collaboration or independently"
    Synonyms: coaction