Towards a Theory of Collaborative Systems

Abstract : High failure rates often observed in practice suggest that collaborative relationships are still not well understood. In this paper we investigate the nature of these relationships from second-order Cybernetics and Social Systems Theory perspectives. Thereby we develop a novel theoretical framework, the Collaborative System, which explains: 1. the organizational function of collaboration; 2. the system’s elementary operation; 3. its coupling mechanism; 4. the system autonomy and; 5. its ‘value’ creation mechanism. The proposed framework is innovative and has far reaching consequences for the understanding of different forms of collaborative relationships. Nevertheless, it raises a whole new set of questions yet to be explored.
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Donald Neumann, Luis Santa-Eulalia, Erich Zahn. Towards a Theory of Collaborative Systems. 12th Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises (PROVE), Oct 2011, São Paulo, Brazil. pp.306-313, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-23330-2_34⟩. ⟨hal-01569978⟩

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