Are we moving into the Collaboration Age?

Over the last 200 years we moved from the agricultural age to the industrial age, and then on to the information age. Many of us now believe we are on the cusp of a new age - the Collaboration Age. Driven by the need for global operations but local, personalized products; driven by the need to vastly speed up innovation and yet reduce costs dramatically.


Here's an interesting article I recently came across that discusses the need for an electronic collaboration strategy within today's pharmaceutical companies, and goes on to highlight some tools that can be used to speed up time to business benefit. In my mind it applies to all companies that want to survive and flourish:


http://www.worldpharmaceuticals.net/editorials/014_sept08/WPF014_electronic.pdf


 What do you think? Is the collaboration age here or is it still on its way? What are your companies doing to make sure they are leaders and not followers? And how are they transforming their business operations and processes to meet this challenge? Let's get some great dialogue going and collaborate!


 

Comments
(anon) | ‎10-12-2008 01:29 PM

The rise in social networks and the business now being done through the internet on such networks all points to a move towards collaboration and a change in the ways society will work together for mutual benefit.


Changes in the prime way of working for societies tend to be heralded by disruptions in the economics of the previous model, it's possible that the current Global Financial Crisis is just such a disruption and that collaborative models will become the norm after the current crisis subsides.

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