Summary of Collaboration

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“What is the difference between good and bad collaboration?” The question might surprise some people, because it challenges the widely held premise that all collaboration is good, particularly in a business setting. But management professor Morten T. Hansen’s extensive research in the field proves that some collaborative practices actually waste time, energy and resources. Instead, leaders need to promote, in Hansen’s words, “disciplined collaboration.” He puts forth a useful model that includes assessing opportunities, identifying common obstacles and offering tailored solutions. Throughout, he highlights case studies that demonstrate how organizations succeed – and fail – due to collaboration. getAbstract recommends this distinctive book to executives and leaders who wish to unite people, in a smart way, to achieve a common goal.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why collaboration isn’t always a good thing;
  • What “disciplined collaboration” can do for your firm; and
  • How leaders can create an environment that encourages disciplined collaboration.

About the Author

Morten T. Hansen is a professor of management at the University of California at Berkeley and at INSEAD in France.



Sony’s Sad Story

Sony was the logical company to introduce a portable digital music player strong enough to compete with the iPod. After all, it had developed the phenomenally popular Walkman in 1979. In 2003, Sony was 10 times bigger than Apple, and Sony’s music, electronics and personal computer divisions could have worked together to create an iPod rival. However, with the iPod and iTunes, Steve Jobs and Apple produced a groundbreaking method of providing easy access to music, as well as simple music management software for home computers. Apple made portable music better than Sony did and that mattered more than the fact that Sony’s gear came out first.

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    Inger Johansen 1 year ago
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    Stating obvios. No concrete action recommended.
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