Communicate, Cooperate, Collaborate

by Kelle on November 11, 2010

Research shows that two people can learn to cooperate intuitively, but larger groups need to communicate | University of Leicester

Two people can learn to cooperate with each other intuitively – without communication or any conscious intention to cooperate. But this process breaks down in groups of three or more.

In collaborations of three or more people, or when you haven’t figured each other out yet, explicit communication is important in order to ensure cooperation. Mechanisms need to be put in place to facilitate this communication. I’m not sure exactly what this means — is it the Memo of Understanding (MOU) or scheduling regular telecons? — but I totally agree. Effort has to be put into keeping people talking and on the same page.

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