Collaboration in networks

 Very interesting post in this 3 types of collaboration. I like your cluster of activities.

Collaboration could also be “within the institution governance” and “outside the institution governance – social networks & COP”.

Connective collaboration could be the most challenging one, as this requires certain degree of “1) a shared sense of mission 2) mutual respect 3) trust 4) a commitment to continual improvement.” for that type of collaboration to be sustainable. My response to your post here is an example of such collaboration with you and the wider community, when others join in with you, though it is at a very early stage.

The compounding collaboration is more related to the Master-Apprenticeship model, where On-the-job training has been practiced for decades, and could still be very effective if it relates to skills based training and learning. I have been involved in this sort of collaboration in the past decades.  It is still one of the most useful models of collaboration amongst team-based learning.

For advanced knowledge & skills that requires reflective learning, then the academic discourse and debates amongst scholars (peer reviews) in journal articles would be the highest forms of collaboration. I would suggest that this could be a combination of connective and compounding collaboration when it is outside the institution, and all three when it is done inside the institution.

Would there be a fourth form of collaboration? This is a networked collaboration with adaptive, agile and “just in time” sort of collaboration. The nature of collaboration changes in both scope and direction as the individual or collective vision changes. The actors morph along the social media platforms and could collaborate in different modes – from the centre in an ad hoc manner to the peripheral, then gradually return to the centre with a focus of collaboration, with a complex pattern, basing upon the needs and expectations of the actors.  This is adaptive emergent collaboration.


3 thoughts on “Collaboration in networks

  1. Thanks for this thoughtful response. While I agree that the master and apprentice model is extremely important, the basis for compounding – at least as I have it in my mind – is the capture of work as it happens, in whatever form it takes. This could mean documents, discussions, comments, links, etc. You’re right about the cultural imperatives this all requires. There must be shared mission, and trust for the discussion to begin, and there must be respect and commitment to improvement for it to be fruitful.

  2. Yes, I fully agreed on the basis for compounding – capturing of work as it happens. Thanks for your wonderful insights too. We have shared mission, and trust for the discussion. Looking forward towards further collaboration.

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