Parties will only collaborate when they believe that the collaboration is meaningful and adds value to their own organizations. All parties must recognize themselves in the shared ambition of the partnership. A good conversation about this with each other is essential.
There are three types of interests: individual interests, organizational interests, and collective interests. The point is to do justice to all these interests. The trick is to reach solutions with respect for each other’s interests.
Collaboration is people work. Personal relationships and relations always play a role and are just as important as substantive arguments. So you need to have an eye for socio-psychological processes and group dynamics.
Any partnership must be well organized and professional. A suitable organizational form matches the joint ambition one on one and is organized as lightly as possible. This offers the most flexibility in the follow-up process.
An important question: how does one approach such a collaborative process? A good process answers these questions: how can we do the right things at the right time? How do we properly engage in conversation and reach agreement? What is everyone’s role and who is in charge of the process?
Our ‘common eye’ on collaboration provides partners with a common framework to look at their collaboration. This connects parties, reduces confusion and ensures a successful collaboration. It is important to monitor the follow-up process to ensure that the collaboration continues to meet the expectations and interests of the parties involved. Our model can help with this as well.
Ruben van Wendel de Joode.