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Title: Collaborative Networks Are The Organization: An Innovation in Organization Design and Management
Authors: Jeffrey Shuman, Janice Twombly
Issue/Year: Jan-2010
Section: Perspectives
Abstract: This in-depth article discusses what it means to collaborate, moving far beyond simplistic ideas of working together or having a strategic alliance. Collaboration is argued to happen in a network, as organizations open themselves up to a variety of stakeholders and communities. The network is dynamic and “fit for purpose,” with the agility to change the components and how they relate to each other legally and operationally as purpose and context evolves. Harnessing the strength of contributors, the network benefits and connects all parties in new and innovative ways. In short, the collaborative network is the organization. The article illustrates, using real-world examples, the benefit of collaboration, the five factors of a successful network collaboration, the value proposition of the collaborative network, and the role of the network choreographer.
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