Posts Tagged ‘Collaborations in Business’

ants-moving-together2We at Synergy Marketing Strategy & Research, Inc. haveĀ been thinking a lot about collaborations in our business model. In today’s economy every business leader should be. But we think what’s interesting lies beyond the economic conditions in which we find ourselves. For example, how and why does collective action work? What are the cultural, organizational, and structural antecedents to a successful collective action? Equally as importantly, why do collaborative efforts so often fail?

Ostrom, in Governing the Commons, tries to discover the characteristics of organizations which collaborate to provide for the collective good. By contrast, in The Logic of Collective Action, the seminal work on collective action, Olson asks about the conditions under which people contribute sufficiently enough for the collective good to materialize. He ponders why we so often design organizations which discourage achievement of the collective good. (more…)


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