Professionals form cooperative social enterprises
The Observer reports in “Nurses' co-op to bid for NHS work”, by Nick Mathiason on Sunday November 13, that throughout the country doctors and dentists are beginning to form themselves into employee-owned co-operatives in a bid to win contracts from National Health Service commissioners. But they are finding it hard, as there appears to be a bias towards giving work to mainstream businesses’.
This is entirely consistent with the growth of the (virtual) professional community as an important new organisational form. In this example the professional community also has a social enterprise dimension.
The main challenge in these co-operative communities is the same as the challenge in virtual networks and business clusters – persuading risk-averse procurement managers that they are not risking their pensions by selecting a community or network instead of a traditional large monolithic supplier.
Bioteams Books Reviews
Humans and animals do not need complete information to act; they can operate on various clues provided there is a sufficient context. Organizational teams can also use this thin slicing technique in conjunction with short messaging to enhance their performance. Malcolm Gladwell’s introspective book Blink digs deep into the abyss of human cognition to illustrate the human ability to think at a subconscious level. The idea of thin slicing is used where one is introduced to only a few snippets of information which lead to a series of conclusions based on moments of rapid cognition – an ability claimed to be intrinsically dormant in most humans. By bioteams guest author Max Bhanabhai.