Case Studies in Collaboration


Virtual enterprise network case study

An Environmental Technology VEN

This article links to a detailed case study of a Virtual Enterprise Network (VEN) operating on a cross-border basis between small-to-medium businesses in Ireland with the specific objective to strengthen their ability to compete on a global commercial stage.


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Sports teams and organizational teams both need the right culture

Developing a buy-in culture to get the most out of your sports or business team

Bioteam's Guest Article by Dave Cooper


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Making virtual telecommuting work

A blueprint for building an e-Workplace To Better Manage Your Remote Workforce

Pam Stanford, Director of IBM On Demand Workplace Solutions, in an article Success in a Virtual World published in Line 56 July 2003 establishes 4 useful principles for making a success of Organisational Telecommuting:


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Virtual Collaboration - a cautionary tale

or you don’t benefit from the know-how you don’t use

I do a bit of flying and Ray's excellent cautionary tale, which follows here, reminds me of the 3 most useless things in aviation:

  1. Runway behind you

  2. Sky above you (nobody ever crashed into the sky!)

  3. Fuel back at the airport

Bioteams Guest Article by Ray Symmes


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What virtual collaboration can learn from the film industry

In an excellent paper (PDF), The Virtual Organisation – Technical or Social Innovation? Lessons from the Film Industry, Lucas Introna, Hope Moore and Mike Cushman from the London School of Economics explore the parallels and the lessons we can learn in trying to form effective virtual enterprises, virtual organisations, virtual teams and virtual networks.


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Self organizing virtual community case study

Major Oil Company exploits self-organizing virtual communities

Thanks to Brian Cleland for drawing my attention to an article in the Wall Street Journal by David Wessel entitled Motivating Workers By Giving Them a Vote.


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Achieve supply chain agility through Virtual Enterprise Networks

In the US there has been a movement within large contractors in the defence and advanced engineering sectors (e.g. automobile and aerospace) to develop more agile supply chains by working differently with their suppliers. One of the leading proponents of this approach is Ted Goransen (and author of the book “The Agile Virtual Enterprise”)



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An organisation case study in complex adaptive systems

A case study of a public sector learning organisation from the chief executive's perspective. I will always remember the first time I met Peter because he told me that the main way he helped enterprises was to get them to throw away most of their processes. You don’t hear many consultants say this so I got curious! Bioteams Guest Article by Peter Fryer



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Secrets of business and organisational longevity

Thanks to Dinesh Tantri for pointing me to an interesting article on cnn.com way back in 1999 entitled "The organic enterprise thrives on your knowledge" which got me thinking about "organisational longevity". [Originally Published June 2005].


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Collaboration in Financial Services Conference 2005 - Bioteams Presentation

Copy of Ken Thompson's Bioteams presentation (pdf) presented at the "Collaboration in Financial Services Conference" June 16, 2005, London


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