Collaboration is increasingly necessary for success in business. According to recent research, the degree of collaboration within an organisation has been proven to have a strong corollary to innovation (.81, according to research commissioned by Google!)
Successful and disciplined business collaboration can yield a range of substantial results. It can reduce overall expenditures by lowering transaction costs and reducing waste of resources. It can enhance quality of products and services through better, more-informed decision-making, reduce product defects, and enhance customer experience by improving communication and enhancing workers’ stake in results.
The goal of collaboration is better results and not simply to collaborate for collaboration’s sake. Collaboration requires scarce company resources and employees’ already limited time, so it must be executed in a disciplined fashion in order to ensure the resources put in to it generate value.
To ensure collaboration bears fruit rather than poisons a project those involved must practice disciplined collaboration. Disciplined Collaboration is a three-step process that begins with evaluating opportunities for cooperation. Next, one must spot barriers to collaboration. Finally, solutions to those barriers must be created.
This section has been written by Adam Billing of Bridge Collaboration who is an internationally recognised expert in this field and he sets out some of the components of successful collaboration and shows the benefits which can be gained by any organisation which can improve levels of internal and external collaboration.
If you would like to know more about Adam and the work Bridge Collaboration does with large a number of global clients, click on the left hand column link to see full details.