Beyond Teams. Building the Collaborative Organization. Collaborative Work Systems Series

  • ID: 2210980
  • Book
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Working together effectively? collaborating? is the key to competitive advantage. This book will help any manager understand what to do (and what not to do) to support collaboration in their organization."

? Susan G. Cohen. senior research scientist, Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

"Finally, a book that goes beyond the ′how–to′ of team building and answers the critical question, ′How do I create a collaborative organization that reaps the harvest of long–term investment in teams?′ The ′ten principles of collaborative organizations′ outlined in this book are invaluable."
? Seth McCutcheon, CEO, Domicile Design Group LLC

"Building on their research on team collaboration, the authors catapult us to the next level? the collaborative organization. The authors show how collaboration is deliberately created, versus relying on luck. Imagine having an entire organization with the characteristics of a high–performing work team!"
? Jack Zenter, vice chairman, Provant

"The authors have done a great service in helping us shift our focus from thinking in terms of ′teams′ to thinking in terms of ′collaboration.′ This broader perspective can help us achieve our goal of optimizing synergy, without being constrained by the rules of teams."
? James (Jim) C. Joiner, program director, program and project management, University of Texas at Dallas

"A practical, business–focused guide to create successful teaming and increased collaboration for business in the 21st century."
? Dallen O. Miner, organization development, Intel Corporation

"A must–read for managers, CEOs and consultants who want to sustain the Collaborative Advantage."
? John M. Gilberti, vice president, First American Real Estate Tax Service

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Preface for the Collaborative Work Systems Series.

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Prologue: A Scenario.

PART 1: PRINCIPLES AND PERSPECTIVES.

Chapter 1: Building the Collaborative Organization.

Collaborative Work Systems as a Solution.

Collaborative Competencies.

Collaborative Capacity.

The Collaborative Organization.

Collaborative Culture.

Collaborative Capital.

Collaboration and Teams.

The Payoff from the Collaborative Organization.

Conclusion.

Chapter 2: The Ten Principles of Collaborative Organizations.

1. Focus Collaboration on Achieving Business Results.

2. Align Organizational Support Systems to Promote Ownership.

3. Articulate and Enforce "a Few Strict Rules".

4. Exploit the Rhythm of Convergence and Divergence.

5. Manage Complex Tradeoffs on a Timely Basis.

6. Create Higher Standards for Discussions, Dialogue, and Information Sharing.

7. Foster Personal Accountability.

8. Align Authority, Information, and Decision Making.

9. Treat Collaboration as a Disciplined Process.

10. Design and Promote Flexible Organizations.

PART 2: APPLYING THE PRINCIPLES.

Chapter 3: Collaboration in Manufacturing Settings.

Definition of Manufacturing.

Trends Affecting How We Work.

Common Ways of Organizing.

Challenges with Respect to Collaboration.

When to Collaborate.

How the Guiding Principles Apply.

Implications for Executives.

Chapter 4: Collaboration in New Product Development Settings.

Definition of New Product Development.

Historical Context.

Trends Affecting New Product Development.

Common Ways of Organizing.

Challenges with Respect to Collaboration.

When to Collaborate.

How the Guiding Principles Apply.

Implications for Executives.

Chapter 5: Collaboration in Service Settings.

Definition of Collaboration in a Service Setting.

Historical Context.

Common Ways of Organizing.

Challenges with Respect to Collaboration.

How the Guiding Principles Apply.

Implications for Executives.

Chapter 6: Collaboration in Virtual Settings.

Historical Context.

Definition of Virtual Collaborative Organizations.

Trends Affecting Virtual Collaborative Organizations.

Common Ways of Organizing.

Challenges with Respect to Collaboration.

When to Collaborate.

How the Guiding Principles Apply.

Implications for Executives.

PART 3: STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTATION.

Chapter 7: Moving Forward.

Collaboration Diagnostic Tool: How to Move Forward.

Principle 1. Focus Collaboration on Achieving Business Results.

Principle 2. Align Organizational Support Systems to Promote Ownership.

Principle 3. Articulate and Enforce "a Few Strict Rules".

Principle 4. Exploit the Rhythm of Convergence and Divergence.

Principle 5. Manage Complex Tradeoffs on a Timely Basis.

Principle 6. Create Higher Standards for Discussions, Dialogue, and Information Sharing.

Principle 7. Foster Personal Accountability.

Principle 8. Align Authority, Information, and Decision Making.

Principle 9. Treat Collaboration as a Disciplined Process.

Principle 10. Design and Promote Flexible Organizations.

Conclusion.3

References.

About the Series Editors.

About the Authors.

Index.
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Michael M. Beyerlein
Susan Freedman
Craig McGee
Linda Moran
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