There is no one-size fits all collaboration model. In fact collaboration in practice takes many different forms. The Harvard Business Review (Spring 2014) described seven different models:
- The Elite Circle – which is a closed network of specialists, with a clear leader within a hierarchical structure.
- The Innovation Mall – which is hierarchical but more open
- The Innovation Community – which is decentralized and open to new members if they have the competence and commitment.
- The Consortium – which is a Group of peers who act as equals and make joint decisions
- The Customised response network – which is a flexible structure reacting to need and demand. e.g.: management consultancies
- The Modular response network – Where defined specialisms intervene to complete a precise task at a particular point on a pathway to a planned outcome. A task is completed and the subject, client or patient is handed over to another specialist team. g: surgical teams or legal teams.
- The Routine response network – This is where responses to particular problems are pre-planned and rehearsed g.: call centres
Video: CEO of CISCO Systems talks about his journey from a ‘command and control’ style of management to a more collaborative approach- http://bit.ly/1kr7s68