Collaboration is the process of two or more people, entities or organization
s working together to complete a task or achieve a goal. Collaboration is similar to cooperation
. Most collaboration requires leadership
, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized
[Spence, Muneera U. ''"Graphic Design: Collaborative Processes = Understanding Self and Others."'' (lecture) Art 325: Collaborative Processes. Fairbanks Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. 13 April 2006]
Teams that work collaboratively often access greater resources, recognition and rewards when facing competition for finite resources.
[Caroline S. Wagner and Loet Leydesdorff. ]
Globalisation in the network of science in 2005: The diffusion of international collaboration and the formation of a core group
Structured methods of collaboration encourage introspection
of behavior and communication.
Such methods aim to increase the success of teams as they engage in collaborative problem-solving
Collaboration is present in opposing goals exhibiting the notion of adversarial collaboration
, though this is not a common use of the term.
In its applied sense,"(a) collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to accomplish a shared outcome."
Trade is a form of collaboration between two societies that produce different portfolios of goods. Trade began in prehistoric
times and continues because it benefits all of its participants. Prehistoric peoples bartered goods and services with each other without a modern currency. Peter Watson
dates the history of long-distance commerce
150,000 years ago. Trade exists because different communities have a comparative advantage
in the production of tradable goods.
Community organization: Intentional Community
The members of an intentional community typically hold a common social
vision. They share responsibilities and resources. Intentional communities include cohousing
, residential land trusts
s, and housing cooperative
s. Typically, new members of an intentional community are selected by the community's existing membership, rather than by real estate agents or land owners (if the land is not owned by the community).
Hutterite, Austria (founded 16th century)
communities housing units are built and assigned to individual families, but belong to the colony with little personal property. Meals are taken by the entire colony in a common long room.
Oneida Community, Oneida, New York (1848)
The Oneida Community
'' (in the sense of communal property and possessions) and ''Mutual Criticism'', where every member of the community was subject to criticism by committee or the community as a whole, during a general meeting. The goal was to remove bad character traits.
is an Israel
i collective community. The movement combines socialism
seeking a form of practical Labor Zionism
. Choosing communal life, and inspired by their own ideology, kibbutz members developed a communal mode of living. The kibbutzim lasted for several generations as utopian
communities, although most became capitalist enterprises and regular towns.
Collaboration in indigenous communities, particularly in the Americas, often involves the entire community working toward a common goal in a horizontal structure with flexible leadership. Children in some indigenous American communities collaborate with the adults. Children can be contributors in the process of meeting objectives by taking on tasks that suit their skills.
Indigenous learning techniques comprise Learning by Observing and Pitching In
. For example, a study of Mayan fathers and children with traditional Indigenous ways of learning worked together in collaboration more frequently when building a 3D model puzzle than Mayan fathers with western schooling.
Also, Chillihuani people of the Andes value work and create work parties in which members of each household in the community participate. Children from indigenous-heritage communities want to help around the house voluntarily.
In the Mazahua Indigenous community of Mexico, school children show initiative and autonomy by contributing in their classroom, completing activities as a whole, assisting and correcting their teacher during lectures when a mistake is made. Fifth and sixth graders in the community work with the teacher installing a classroom window; the installation becomes a class project in which the students participate in the process alongside the teacher. They all work together without needing leadership, and their movements are all in sync and flowing. It is not a process of instruction, but rather a hands-on experience in which students work together as a synchronous group with the teacher, switching roles and sharing tasks. In these communities, collaboration is emphasized, and learners are trusted to take initiative. While one works, the other watches intently and all are allowed to attempt tasks with the more experienced stepping in to complete more complex parts, while others pay close attention.
Collaboration in the free market
said that one way people pursue their rational self-interest is by building strong relationships with other people. According to Rand, participants in capitalism
are connected through the voluntary division of labor in the free market, where value is exchanged always for value. Rand's theory of rational egoism
claims that acting in one's self-interest entails looking out for others in order to protect the innocent from injustice, and to aid friends, allies, and loved ones.
is a branch of applied mathematics, computer science, and economics that looks at situations where multiple players make decisions in an attempt to maximize their returns. The first documented discussion of game theory is in a letter written by James Waldegrave, 1st Earl Waldegrave
in 1713. Antoine Augustin Cournot
's ''Researches into the Mathematical Principles of the Theory of Wealth'' in 1838 provided the first general theory. In 1928 it became a recognized field when John von Neumann
published a series of papers. Von Neumann's work in game theory culminated in the 1944 book The ''Theory of Games and Economic Behavior'' by von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern
The term military-industrial complex
refers to a close and symbiotic
relationship among a nation's armed forces
, its private industry
, and associated political
interests. In such a system, the military is dependent on industry to supply material and other support, while the defence industry depends on government for revenue.
is a term used in engineering and technical fields to describe a group within an organization given a high degree of autonomy unhampered by bureaucracy, tasked with advanced or secret projects. One such group was created at Lockheed
in 1943. The team developed highly innovative aircraft in short time frames, notably beating its first deadline by 37 days.
[Bennis, Warren and Patricia :Ward Biederman. ''Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration.'' Perseus Books, 1997.]
The Manhattan Project
was a collaborative project during World War II
among the Allies
that developed the first atomic bomb
. It was a collaborative effort by the United States
, the United Kingdom
The value of this project as an influence on organized collaboration is attributed to Vannevar Bush
. In early 1940, Bush lobbied for the creation of the National Defense Research Committee
. Frustrated by previous bureaucratic failures in implementing technology in World War I, Bush sought to organize the scientific power of the United States for greater success.
The project succeeded in developing and detonating three nuclear weapons in 1945: a test detonation
of a plutonium
implosion bomb on July 16 (the Trinity test
) near Alamogordo, New Mexico
; an enriched uranium
bomb code-named "Little Boy
" on August 6 over Hiroshima
, Japan; and a second plutonium
bomb, code-named "Fat Man
" on August 9 over Nagasaki, Japan.
As a discipline, Project Management developed from different fields including construction, engineering and defense. In the United States, the forefather of project management is Henry Gantt
, who is known for his use of the "bar" chart
as a project management tool, for being an associate of Frederick Winslow Taylor
's theories of scientific management
and for his study of the management of Navy ship building. His work is the forerunner to many modern project management tools including the work breakdown structure
(WBS) and resource allocation.
The 1950s marked the beginning of the modern project management era. Again, in the United States, prior to the 1950s, projects were managed on an ad hoc
basis using mostly Gantt chart
s, and informal techniques and tools. At that time, two mathematical project scheduling models were developed: (1) the "Program Evaluation and Review Technique
" or PERT, developed as part of the United States Navy
's (in conjunction with the Lockheed Corporation
) Polaris missile
submarine program; and (2) the "Critical Path Method
" (CPM) developed in a joint venture by both DuPont Corporation
and Remington Rand Corporation
for managing plant maintenance projects. These mathematical techniques quickly spread into many private enterprises.
In 1969, the Project Management Institute
(PMI) was formed to serve the interest of the project management industry. The premise of PMI is that the tools and techniques of project management are common even among the widespread application of projects from the software industry
to the construction industry. In 1981, the PMI Board of Directors authorized the development of what has become ''A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
'' (PMBOK), standards and guidelines of practice that are widely used throughout the profession. The International Project Management Association (IPMA), founded in Europe in 1967, has undergone a similar development and instituted the IPMA Project Baseline. Both organizations are now participating in the development of a global project management standard.
However, the exorbitant cost overruns and missed deadlines of large-scale infrastructure, military R&D/procurement and utility projects in the US demonstrates that these advances have not been able to overcome the challenges of such projects.
Black Mountain College
Founded in 1933 by John Andrew Rice
, Theodore Dreier and other former faculty of Rollins College
, Black Mountain College
was experimental by nature and committed to an interdisciplinary
approach, attracting a faculty which included leading visual artists, poets and designers.
Operating in a relatively isolated rural location with little budget, Black Mountain fostered an informal and collaborative
spirit. Innovations, relationships and unexpected connections formed at Black Mountain had a lasting influence on the postwar American art scene, high culture
and eventually pop culture
. Buckminster Fuller
met student Kenneth Snelson
at Black Mountain, and the result was the first geodesic dome
(improvised out of slats in the school's back yard); Merce Cunningham
formed his dance company; and John Cage
staged his first happening
Black Mountain College was a consciously directed liberal arts
school that grew out of the progressive education movement
. In its day it was a unique educational experiment for the artists and writers who conducted it, and as such an important incubator for the American avant garde
:Dr. Wolff-Michael Roth and Stuart Lee of the University of Victoria
that until the early 1990s the individual was the 'unit of instruction' and the focus of research. The two observed that researchers and practitioners switched to the idea that "knowing" is better thought of as a cultural practice. Roth and Lee also claim
that this led to changes in learning and teaching design in which students were encouraged to share their ways of doing mathematics, history, science, with each other. In other words, that children take part in the construction of consensual domains, and 'participate in the negotiation and institutionalization of … meaning'. In effect, they are participating in learning communities
:This analysis does not consider the appearance of Learning communities in the United States in the early 1980s. For example, The Evergreen State College
, which is widely considered a pioneer in this area, established an intercollegiate learning community in 1984. In 1985, this same college established The Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, which focuses on collaborative education approaches, including learning communities as one of its centerpieces. The school later became notorious for less-successful collaborations.
Although relatively rare compared with collaboration in popular music, there have been some notable examples of music written collaboratively by classical composers. Perhaps the best-known examples are:
'', a set of variations
for solo piano
on a theme from Vincenzo Bellini
's opera ''I puritani
''. It was written and first performed in 1837. The contributors were Franz Liszt
, Frédéric Chopin
, Carl Czerny
, Sigismond Thalberg
, Johann Peter Pixis
, and Henri Herz
* The ''F-A-E Sonata
'', a sonata
and piano, written in 1853 as a gift for the violinist Joseph Joachim
. The composers were Albert Dietrich
(first movement), Robert Schumann
(second and fourth movements), and Johannes Brahms
The romanticized notion of a lone, genius artist has existed since the time of Giorgio Vasari
’s ''Lives of the Artists
'', published in 1568. Vasari promulgated the idea that artistic skill was endowed upon chosen individuals by gods, which created an enduring and largely false popular misunderstanding of many artistic processes. Artists have used collaboration to complete large scale works for centuries, but the myth of the lone artist was not widely questioned until the 1960s and 1970s.
=Collaborative art groups
*Experiments in Art and Technology
*2 Easy Fashion
is a collaborative art form. Ballet entails music, dancers, costumes, a venue, lighting, etc. Hypothetically, one person could control all of this, but most often every work of ballet is the by-product of collaboration. From the earliest formal works of ballet, to the great 19th century masterpieces of Pyotr Tchaikovsky
and Marius Petipa
, to the 20th century masterworks of George Balanchine
and Igor Stravinsky
, to today’s ballet companies, feature strong collaborative connections between choreographers, composers and costume designers are essential. Within dance as an art form, there is also the collaboration between choreographer and dancer. The choreographer creates a movement in her/his head and then physically demonstrates the movement to the dancer, which the dancer sees and attempts to either mimic or interpret.
Musical collaboration occurs when musicians in different places or groups work on the piece. Typically, multiple parties are involved (singers, songwriters, lyricists, composers, and producers) and come together to create one work. For example, one specific collaboration from recent times (2015) was the song "FourFiveSeconds
". This single represents a type of collaboration because it was developed by pop idol Rihanna
, Paul McCartney
(former bassist, composer and vocalist for The Beatles
), and rapper/composer Kanye West
. Websites and software facilitate musical collaboration over the Internet
, resulting in the emergence of Online Bands
Several awards exist specifically for collaboration in music:
*Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
—awarded since 1988
*Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
—awarded since 1995
*Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
—awarded since 2002
Collaboration has been a constant feature of Electroacoustic Music, due to the technology's complexity. Embedding technological tools into the process stimulated the emergence of new agents with new expertise: the musical assistant, the technician, the computer music designer, the music mediator (a profession that has been described and defined in different ways over the years) – aiding with writing, creating new instruments, recording and/or performance. The musical assistant explains developments in musical research and translates artistic ideas into programming languages. Finally, he or she transforms those ideas into a score or a computer program and often performs the musical piece during the concerts. Examples of collaboration include Pierre Boulez
and Andrew Gerzso, Alvise Vidolin and Luigi Nono
, Jonathan Harvey
and Gilbert Nouno, among others.
Collaboration in entertainment dates from the origin of theatrical productions, millennia ago. It takes the form of writers, directors, actors, producers and other individuals or groups work on the same production. In the twenty-first century, new technology has enhanced collaboration. A system developed by Will Wright
for the TV series title ''Bar Karma'' on CurrentTV facilitates plot collaboration over the Internet
. Screenwriter organizations bring together professional and amateur writers and filmmakers.
Collaboration in business can be found both within and across organizations and ranges from partnership
and crowd funding
to the complexity of a multinational corporation
. Inter-organizational collaboration brings participating parties to invest resources, mutually achieve goals, share information, resources, rewards and responsibilities, as well as make joint decisions and solve problems. Collaboration between public, private and voluntary sectors can be effective in tackling complex policy problems, but may be handled more effectively by boundary-spanning
teams and networks
than by formal organizational structures. In turn, business and management scholars have paid much attention to the importance of both formal and informal mechanisms to support inter-organizational collaboration. It especially points to the role of contractual and relational mechanisms and the inherent tensions between these two mechanisms. Collaboration allows for better communication within the organization and along supply chains. It is a way of coordinating different ideas from numerous people to generate a wide variety of knowledge. Collaboration with a selected few firms has been shown to positively impact firm performance and innovation outcomes.
Technology has provided the internet, wireless connectivity and collaboration tools such as blogs and wikis, and has as such created the possibility of "mass collaboration
". People are able to rapidly communicate and share ideas, crossing longstanding geographical and cultural boundaries. Social networks permeate business culture where collaborative uses include file sharing
and knowledge transfer
. According to author Evan Rosen
command-and-control organizational structures inhibit collaboration and replacing such structures allows collaboration to flourish.
Studies have found that collaboration can increase achievement and productivity. However, a four-year study of interorganizational collaboration found that successful collaboration can be rapidly derailed through external policy steering, particularly where it undermines relations built on trust. Collaboration is also threatened by opportunism from the business partners and the possibility of coordination failures that can derail the efforts of even well-intentioned parties.
spaces are businesses that provide space for freelancers to work with others in a collaborative environment.
In recent years, co-teaching has become more common, found in US classrooms across all grade levels and content areas.
Once regarded as connecting special education
and general education teachers, it is now more generally defined as “…two professionals delivering substantive instruction to a diverse group of students in a single physical space."
As American classrooms have become increasingly diverse, so have the challenges for educators. Due to the diverse needs of students with designated special needs, English language learners
(ELL), and students of varied academic levels, teachers have developed new approaches that provide additional student support. In practice, students remain in the classroom and receive instruction by both their general teacher and special education teachers.
In the 1996 report "What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future" economic success could be enhanced if students developed the capacity to learn how to “manage teams… and…work together successfully in teams”.
[What Matters Most: Teaching for America's Students, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, 1996]
Teachers increasingly use collaborative software
to establish virtual learning environment
s (VLEs). This allows them to share learning materials and feedback with both students and in some cases, parents. Approaches include:
* Collaborative Partnerships: Business/Industry-Education
* Learning circle
* Collaborative partnerships
* 21st century skills
Collaboration in publishing can be as simple as dual-authorship or as complex as commons-based peer production
. Tools include Usenet
, e-mail lists
s and Wiki
s while 'brick and mortar
' examples include monograph
s (books) and periodicals such as newspapers, journals and magazines. One approach is for an author to publish early drafts/chapters of a work on the Internet and solicit suggestions from the world at large. This approach helped ensure that the technical aspects of the novel ''The Martian
'' were as accurate as possible.
Collaboration in technical communication (also commonly referred to as technical writing) has become increasingly important in the creation and dissemination of technical documents in multiple technical and occupational fields, including: computer hardware and software, medicine, engineering, robotics, aeronautics, biotechnology, information technology, and finance. Collaboration in technical communication allows for greater flexibility, productivity and innovation for technical writers and the companies they work for, resulting in technical documents that are more comprehensive and accurate than documents produced by individuals. Technical communication collaboration typically occurs on shared document work-spaces (such as Google Docs), through social media sites, videoconferencing, SMS and IM, and on Cloud-based authoring platforms.
Scientific collaboration rapidly advanced throughout the twentieth century as measured by the increasing numbers of coauthors on published papers. Wagner and Leydesdorff
found international collaborations to have doubled from 1990 to 2005.
While collaborative authorship
s within nations has also risen, this has done so at a slower rate and is not cited as frequently.
Notable examples of scientific collaboration include CERN
, the International Space Station
, the ITER
nuclear fusion experiment, and the European Union's Human Brain Project
Collaboration in health care is defined as health care professionals assuming complementary roles and cooperatively working together, sharing responsibility for problem-solving and making decisions to formulate and carry out plans for patient care.Collaboration between physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals increases team members’ awareness of each other's type of knowledge and skills, leading to continued improvement in decision making. A collaborative plan is filed with each state
board of medicine where the PA works. This plan formally delineates the scope of practice approved by the physician.
Collaboration in technology encompasses a broad range of tools that enable groups of people to work together including social networking, instant messaging, team spaces, web sharing, audio conferencing, video, and telephony. Many large companies adopt collaboration platforms to allow employees, customers and partners to intelligently connect and interact.
Enterprise collaboration tools focus on encouraging collective intelligence
and staff collaboration at the organization level, or with partners. These include features such as staff networking, expert recommendations, information sharing, expertise location, peer feedback
, and real-time collaboration. At the personal level, this enables employees to enhance social awareness and their profiles and interactions Collaboration encompasses both asynchronous and synchronous methods of communication and serves as an umbrella term for a wide variety of software packages. Perhaps the most commonly associated form of synchronous collaboration is web conferencing, but the term can encompass IP telephony, instant messaging, and rich video interaction with telepresence, as well.
The effectiveness of a collaborative effort is driven by three critical factors:
* Content Management
The Internet's low cost and nearly instantaneous sharing of ideas, knowledge, and skills has made collaborative work dramatically easier. Not only can a group cheaply communicate, but the wide reach of the Internet allows groups to easily form, particularly among dispersed, niche participants. An example of this is the free software movement
in software development which produced GNU
from scratch and has taken over development of Mozilla
(formerly known as Netscape Communicator
With the recent development of social media
platforms, there has been a constant and quick growth in the use of the Internet for communication and collaboration between people. The 2.0 version of the internet
has become a tool for collaborative projects, blogs
, online communities
, social networks, group games. An example of how social media aids in more effective collaboration is seen via the business environment. Communication and collaboration create new hierarchies and wider networks for employees and partners of organisations. Additionally, it also enables businesses to broaden their marketing strategies
by collaborating with influencers
of those social media platforms.
Commons-based peer production
Commons-based peer production
is a term coined by Yale
Law professor Yochai Benkler
to describe a new model of economic production in which the creative energy of large numbers of people is coordinated (usually with the aid of the internet) into large, meaningful projects, mostly without hierarchical organization or financial compensation. He compares this to firm production (where a centralized decision process decides what has to be done and by whom) and market-based production
(when tagging different prices to different jobs serves as an attractor to anyone interested in doing the job).
Examples of products created by means of commons-based peer production include Linux
, a computer operating system
, a news and announcements website; Kuro5hin
, a discussion site for technology and culture; Wikipedia
, an online encyclopedia
; and Clickworkers
, a collaborative scientific work. Another example is Socialtext
, a software solution that uses tools such as wikis and weblogs and helps companies to create a collaborative work environment.
Massively distributed collaboration
The term massively distributed collaboration
was coined by Mitchell Kapor
, in a presentation at UC Berkeley
on 2005-11-09, to describe an emerging activity of wiki
s and electronic mailing list
s and blog
s and other content-creating virtual communities
* Classical music written in collaboration
* Clinical collaboration
* Collaborative editing
* Collaborative governance
* Collaborative innovation network
* Collaborative leadership
* Collaborative search engine
* Collaborative software
* Collaborative translation
* Commons-based peer production
* Community film
* Conference call
* Cooperative game theory
* Critical thinking
* Design thinking
* Digital collaboration
* Intranet portal
* Knowledge management
* Learning circle
* Role-based collaboration
* ''The Culture of Collaboration
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