The Collaborative Enterprise

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Managing Speed and Complexity in Knowledge-Based Businesses

Charles Heckscher

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Organizing for competitive advantage and profit

How can businesses best tap diverse capabilities to generate new ideas, manufacture products, and properly execute strategy? In this groundbreaking, thoroughly researched book, organizational expert Charles Heckscher argues that, in a global network of creation and production, the dominant organizations will be those that master the still-uncodified skills of collaboration—replacing the giants of the past century who thrived on the mastery of bureaucratic systems. Though there has been much discussion of teamwork and alliances in recent decades, Heckscher argues that we are still a long way from fully understanding how to manage fluid and inconstant collaborations; and that this is an area dominated far more by rhetoric than reality. Using a combination of theory and extensive real-life case studies, Heckscher pushes the boundary of organization design and illustrates how companies are able to create new, effective patterns of interactions, and how they can build a culture and infrastructure necessary to support them. For organizational leaders in search of long-term competitive advantage, The Collaborative Enterprise offers sound research findings and invaluable insights.

Charles Heckscher is director of the Center for Workplace Transformation, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University. His previous books include The Post-Bureaucratic Organization and White Collar Blues. He lives in Princeton, N.J.

“If you want to attract and lead the most talented young professionals, you can learn how it's done as Heckscher introduces us to the organizational models of the future.”—Dr. Michael Maccoby, President, The Maccoby Group, author of ‘The Leaders We Need, And What Makes Us Follow’ (Harvard Business School Press, 2007)


“To survive in today’s competitive environment leaders must create collaborative communities of purpose. In this book world class thought leaders explain why this change is necessary and how to make it.”—Michael Beer, Chairman, TruePoint and Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School

"A fine book. . . . This is a serious and important book on a serious and important subject. Given the dearth of social capital in American firms, and given the absolute necessity of collaborating, the going will be very rough. This book will prove to be a fine and trusted guide to this treacherous journey."—Larry Prusak, Harvard Business Online

"This volume will be valuable for those interested in learning more about collaboration as an effective tool to compete in today's fast-paced global environment. Recommended."—Choice
ISBN: 9780300114645
Publication Date: June 29, 2007
360 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
22 b/w illus.