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Collaborators and competitors

1. Develop your own explanation/theory as to why organizations today find collaboration as important as competition, and why they have a tendency to take on similar characteristics.

Would not collaboration be enhanced just as easily with organizations that had different characteristics? Any ideas?

2. The manager of an established small manufacturing plant said, "We can't compete with large organizations because they have the advantage of economies of scale." How should he manage in order to take advantage of the organization's small size?

3. Put yourself in the role of a university administrator in the following situation.

You have just realized that companies in your university's service area are creating internal "universities" to satisfy their own training needs. What would be your logical alternatives? adopt one alternative and defend it.

4. Poor decision making is a symptom of structural deficiency. It's important to remember that decision making is not an exact science, rather, it is a process based more on instinct and experience. Quick decisions, slow decisions, good ones, poor ones...it's all relative and subjective... Please analyze the decision making within the organization you are presently involved with. Analyzing an immediate supervisor would be best for this exercise. If you are not working please base your response on past work experience.

Your analysis should be totally subjective and should include your own advice for improvement (if any).

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Develop your own explanation/theory as to why organizations today find collaboration as important as competition, and why they have a tendency to take on similar characteristics.

Would not collaboration be enhanced just as easily with organizations that had different characteristics? Any ideas?

Organizations find collaboration important because the combination can offer benefits that draw customers to both products. For example, candles are popular, but many people do not like to burn them because of dangers of fire and burning candles can be expensive. But a company that makes candle warmers, offering scented candles with its warmers attracts the candle buyer to its products. Some products in the global market can be helped by a third party introduction, just like business people need a business introduction.

Working with a company with the same characteristics allows more time for product development and marketing since logistics of differences don't have to be negotiated so closely. Sometimes it is good and will help revitalize ...

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Discussion on why competitors might want to be collaborators as well.

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