In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration

Jun 20, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Harold Jarche offers a nice take on an argument I have often offered: that in a network world we organize ourselves by means of cooperation, not collabration. Jarche writes, "Shifting our emphasis from collaboration, which still is required to get some work done, to cooperation, in order to thrive in a networked enterprise, means reassessing some of our assumptions and work practices. For instance: The lessening importance of teamwork, versus exploring outside the organization may change our perceptions about being a “team player”. Detailed roles and job descriptions are inadequate for work at the edge. (And) You cannot train people to be social."

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