We address three models here:
- The Harvard Model: Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams by Lynda Gratton and Tamara J Erickson, published in the Harvard Business Review
- The MIT Model: How to Manage Virtual Teams by Frank Siebdrat, Martin Hoegl and Holger Ernst, published in the MIT Sloan Management Review
- The All Collaboration Model: The Four Ps of Effective Collaboration by Steve Lamont
The Harvard and MIT Models focus on building and managing teams for collaboration. Their recommendations are indeed valuable and should not be overlooked. However, these recommendations are not sufficient for effective collaboration. Effective collaboration requires a holistic approach, from clearly defined objective to eventual deliverables. Effective collaboration teams needs a comprehensive framework – such as the 4 Ps Model of All Collaboration - within which to operate and succeed.
Below is a comparison of the Harvard and MIT Models with the 4 Ps Model of All Collaboration.
I can anticipate at least two critiques of this analysis. First, the Harvard Model is for building collaborative teams and the MIT Model is for managing virtual teams. Fair enough! I accept and promote their recommendations without reservation. I submit that the teams – effective or otherwise – require a whole lot more than the building and management for effective collaboration.
Second, some would quibble about the “ink” I gave in certain boxes. Assignment of ink is a judgment call. Your judgment may be different from mine, and I accept that. In fact I would love to get feedback and update the ink, based on your arguments. However, the point of the analysis is not how much ink is assigned to each box. No matter how precise are the judgments and no matter how they vary due to individual judgment calls, the 4 Ps Model is a comprehensive framework for effective collaboration.
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