"The only irreplaceable capital an organization possesses is the knowledge and ability of its people. The productivity of that capital depends on how effectively people share their competence with those who can use it."
“The most important contribution managementneeds to make in the 21st century is to increase the productivity of knowledge work and knowledge workers. It is on their productivity, above all, that the future prosperity — and indeed the future survival — of the developed economies will increasingly depend.”
Peter F. Drucker
"Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than myself."
Alexander Graham Bell
"Innovation comes only from readily and seamlessly sharing information rather than hoarding it."
"Sharing knowledge is not about giving people something, or getting something from them. That is only valid for information sharing. Sharing knowledge occurs when people are genuinely interested in helping one another develop new capacities for action; it is about creating learning processes."
“Synergy: The combined effect of individuals in collaboration that exceeds the sum of their individual effects.”
Stephen R. Covey
"Collaboration will be the critical business competency of the internet age. It won't be the ability to fiercely compete, but the ability to lovingly cooperate that will determine success. Rather than focusing on stomping the competition into the ground, true leaders of the internet age will focus on creating value for their customers, intelligence and skill in their talent, and wealth for their investors and shareholders."
James M. Kouzes
"Connecting people to people, over and over again, that's what lasts online. Folks thought it was about technology and it's not"
“Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
“Someone outside your organisation today knows how to answer your specific question, solve your specific problem or take advantage of your current opportunity better than you do. You need to find them and find a way to work collaboratively and productively with them.”
lan Lafley, CEO Proctor & Gamble
“Most current software is focused on general enterprise needs rather than user-specific needs. The opportunity for business and IT leaders is to understand how the individualization of work will affect businesses, critical processes, innovation and interenterprise collaboration."
Yvonne Genovese, VP Gartner
"We don’t expect openness and collaboration to generate what they do. We overestimate the risks. We underestimate the risks of closed systems and overestimate closed systems’ benefits."
"Security should be seen as a tool that can be used to accept risks so that the business can take advantage of market opportunities it was never able to before."
Eric Ouellet, Gartner
"In the current economic climate, Forrester believes collaboration tools can save enterprises operation costs by getting people and processes together quickly and efficiently."
“No business case will sell social software to a firm that doesn’t already value collaboration in its culture.,.//...If the ROI is needed to convince an organisation that collaboration is a good thing - then ROI is the least of your problems…"
Larry Hawes, Gilbane Group