- Concept of collaboration
- Book title
- Encyclopedia of networked and virtual organizations
- Pages (from-to)
- Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Informatics Institute (IVI)
Although everybody has an intuitive notion of what collaboration is, this concept is often confused with cooperation. For many people, the two terms are indistinguishable. Even when a distinction is made, there are many different uses of the term collaboration in the current literature. The ambiguities reach a higher level when other related terms are considered such as networking, communication, and coordination (Denise, 1999; Grosz, 1996; Himmelman, 2001; Pollard, 2005). Although each one of these concepts is an important component of collaboration, they are not of equal value; neither one is equivalent to it.
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