Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration

Jesse Lyn Stoner, distance education resources, May 21, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Short article with clear useful definitions and which looks at the impact of distance on cooperation and collaboration. The impact on cooperation is clear, from this study: "virtual distance had significant influences on trust, goal clarity and OCB and indirectly influenced innovation and success." But simply moving people to the same place will not impact collaboration (contra Marissa Mayer). "Collaboration is working together to create something new in support of a shared vision. The key points are that is is not an individual effort." True. But is this? "Collaborative leadership is based on respect, trust and the wise use of power. Leaders must be willing to let go of control."

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