CHAPTER 4

Cooperation, Interaction, and Networks: A New Awareness

We are becoming increasingly aware of the need for collaboration and cooperation. Techniques such as Agile and DevOps require it. Collaboration as a principle is not yet mainstream for management and organizations, but the more complexity becomes the backdrop and context of what we do and experience, the more we need to find up-to-date ways to exist within that complexity. Certainly, there is an increasing number of technological tools available to support people working together, but is collaboration just about being open to working and sharing with others?

Organizations are living systems, but they go well beyond the biological. A colony of ants may well cooperate in their daily ...

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