Book review: Collaboration by Morten T. Hansen

Finished reading Morten T. Hansen’s book entitled “Collaboration: How leaders avoid the traps, create unity, and reap big results“. How I got to this book is a perfect example of the benefits of today’s Web.

I first remember seeing a recommendation of this book by Professor Andrew McAfee several months ago. And as time went by, the more I read about Enterprise 2.0 the more I realized the importance of the concept of collaboration. Some time later the book was recommended by another E2.0 expert and I decided to buy it.

In a nutshell, Professor Morten Hansen warns that the goal of collaboration is not collaboration itself but better results. He then talks about the importance of disciplined collaboration (deciding when to collaborate and when to not collaborate, and instilling a culture of collaboration inside an organization), avoiding the collaboration traps and spotting and breaking down barriers to collaboration.

I particularly liked the concept of T-shaped people: those who deliver results in their own job (individual performance) whilst also delivering results by collaboration across the company.

If you’re looking to shatter some myths around this topic do not miss this book!

2 thoughts on “Book review: Collaboration by Morten T. Hansen

  1. For those who are interested in the concept of T-shaped managers and cannot get hold of the book, I recommend reading “Introducing T-Shaped Managers: Knowledge Management’s Next Generation” by Morten T. Hansen and Bolko von Oetinger (Harvard Business Review, March 2001).
    It’s a great text, I can tell you!

  2. Thank you for the tip Ana. T-shaped management was really one of the concepts that I found more interesting in Hansen’s book.

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