From Publishers Weekly
The in-box culture is dead," insists Rosen, so information workers need to learn how to come together on projects spontaneously in real time, instead of handling assignments alone and passing them down the line. He sees electronic tools like instant messaging and video conferencing as indispensable for collaboration, particularly for people who work thousands of miles apart. But, he cautions, such tools will only be effective for companies that actively promote informal, nonhierarchical relationships to spark innovation among their employees (similar to the way smokers from different departments can bond out on the sidewalk). To support his argument, he makes much use of anecdotal evidence from companies like Toyota, Boeing, Procter & Gamble, Dreamworks and the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately, once readers clear a path through buzzwords like "optimum collaboration environments" and "global collaborative enterprise," Rosen's insights are pretty obvious and his advice can seem simplistic. "Communication is a key element in collaboration" goes one such observation, "therefore an organization must communicate well to collaborate effectively." Little here will surprise experienced managers.
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— Scott Cook
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"The principles of collaboration and leadership described in Evan Rosen's book coupled with trust and a common set of values provide the foundation for NASA's Mission Control Operations. The Flight Director's role is to create the Culture of Collaboration that is critical for safe and successful spaceflight. It was a key element in the successful return of the Apollo 13 crew."
— Eugene F. "Gene" Kranz
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— Jeff Raikes
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— Douglas E. Van Houweling
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— Jimmy Wales
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