Done well (when strong relationships are built and an atmosphere of trust is created which encourages healthy debate) collaboration can lead to wonderful outcomes. But done poorly (where collaboration is forced for collaboration’s sake) the result is often nothing more than endless meetings and costly delays
Whatever form a collaboration ultimately takes for it to be successful there are sets of fundamental principles which need to be understood and applied. The first is that collaboration takes time and energy and adequate stocks of both need to be made available.
To assess whether a prospective collaboration merits such an investment there should be an attempt to estimate the return from a collaborative project against the cost of opportunities foregone and the ongoing costs of supporting the collaboration. While this can only be an estimate and the future cannot be foreseen it does enable those who will make the decision to collaborate or not to collaborate to weigh up the potential risks and potential rewards.