Collaborative improvement : interplay but not a game

Kaltoft, Rasmus, Boer, Harry, Chapman, Ross, Gertsen, Frank and Neilsen, Jacob S. 2006, Collaborative improvement : interplay but not a game, Creativity and innovation management, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 348-358.

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Title Collaborative improvement : interplay but not a game
Author(s) Kaltoft, Rasmus
Boer, Harry
Chapman, Ross
Gertsen, Frank
Neilsen, Jacob S.
Journal name Creativity and innovation management
Volume number 15
Issue number 4
Start page 348
End page 358
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-12
ISSN 0963-1690
1467-8691
Summary Collaboration literally means working together. Collaborative improvement is an extension of continuous improvement and can be defined as a purposeful inter-company interactive process that focuses on continuous incremental innovation aimed at enhancing the collaboration’s overall performance. Developing collaborative improvement is a protracted and difficult process. Previous research has identified a number of factors affecting that process and suggested that it is not so much the individual factors, but rather their interplay that determines the successful development of collaborative improvement. This article reports research aimed at developing a deeper understanding of that interplay. Ten relationships between ten factors are presented and discussed. It appears that vision, approach, trust and commercial reality are the strongest factors. These factors are, however, influenced by, or affect the other factors, notably national culture, partner characteristics and competences, the use of power, individual behaviour and commitment. The way this interplay develops varies from case to case and has great influence on the development of collaborative improvement.
Language eng
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032496

Document type: Journal Article
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