Cooperation - definition of cooperation by The Free Dictionary

Cooperation | Definition of Cooperation by Merriam-Webster



Coopération décentralisée et coopération multilatérale francophone: Colloque international, 15 et 16 décembre 1988 (Collection Coopération) (French Edition)

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In today’s densely interconnected workplaces, working with others — closely, creatively, globally, and productively — drives organizational and personal effectiveness. Employees work in teams formed to tackle particular projects. They work in virtual teams with colleagues, suppliers, clients, and even competitors they never actually meet. They work in ad hoc combinations, in groups that emerge […]

In today’s densely interconnected workplaces, working with others — closely, creatively, globally, and productively — drives organizational and personal effectiveness. Employees work in teams formed to tackle particular projects. They work in virtual teams with colleagues, suppliers, clients, and even competitors they never actually meet. They work in ad hoc combinations, in groups that emerge naturally around the coffee machine or in the corridor. Whatever the provenance and profile of the multiple teams in your workplace, your organization depends on them.

During the past five years, I have examined collaborative working practices and what I call the cooperative mindset in companies such as Nokia, Linux, Goldman Sachs, and British Petroleum (BP). I have found that while almost all managers and the companies they work for recognize teamwork’s critical value and the importance of cultivating a cooperative mindset, many actually encourage behaviors that undermine cooperation.

Take Peter and his organization, a large company that manufactures and services high-technology equipment. Peter spoke in very positive terms about cooperation and directed my attention to this section of his organization’s value statement: “Teamwork is crucial to the performance of this company.” Peter was confident that I would find that the company abounded with cooperation. Yet it did not. Senior team members, including Peter, were aggressive, even openly hostile, toward one another.

Looking more closely at the company, I discovered that despite the corporate rhetoric of cooperation and teamwork, unwritten rules encouraged people to outshine everyone around them. Rather than sharing ideas and know-how, people hoarded knowledge and worked with others as little as possible. Within weeks of joining the company, new hires learned to talk up cooperation while acting competitively. In this company, as in others I studied, a gap exists between the rhetoric of creative cooperation and the reality of unproductive competition.

Companies in which a cooperative mindset flourishes take particular care in their hiring practices. They seek to attract cooperative people and discourage highly competitive and individualistic people. This dual focus is played out with great sophistication at the investment bank Goldman Sachs.

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