The Collaborative Enterprise

The Collaborative Enterprise

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How can businesses best tap diverse capabilities to generate new ideas, manufacture products, and properly execute strategy? In this groundbreaking, thoroughly researched book, organizational expert Charles Heckscher argues that, in a global network of creation and production, the dominant organizations will be those that master the still-uncodified skills of collaborationa€”replacing the giants of the past century who thrived on the mastery of bureaucratic systems. Though there has been much discussion of teamwork and alliances in recent decades, Heckscher argues that we are still a long way from fully understanding how to manage fluid and inconstant collaborations; and that this is an area dominated far more by rhetoric than reality. Using a combination of theory and extensive real-life case studies, Heckscher pushes the boundary of organization design and illustrates how companies are able to create new, effective patterns of interactions, and how they can build a culture and infrastructure necessary to support them. For organizational leaders in search of long-term competitive advantage, The Collaborative Enterprise offers sound research findings and invaluable insights.The second element a€” use of autonomous teams a€” introduces a new element of formalized collaboration and has spawned a ... starting with problem analysis, through generation of options, examination of alternatives, and prioritization of final solutions. ... Thus they can all replace each other when necessary. ... in California that has produced (among other models) the Pontiac Vibe and 66 The System.

Title:The Collaborative Enterprise
Author:Charles C. Heckscher
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2007


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