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Complex Collaboration: Building the Capabilities for Working Across Boundaries

ISBN: 978-0-76231-132-3, eISBN: 978-1-84950-288-7

ISSN: 1572-0977

Publication date: 1 December 2004


Product development becomes more complex when co-development involves multiple parties crossing boundaries of functions, companies, countries and even competitors. An interdisciplinary framework is needed to understand the challenges of structuring collaborative work within global product teams – especially in the research arenas of strategic partnerships, product development teams, collaboration, distributed work, organizational learning and new metaphors. The multi-party partnership of the Joint Strike Fighter Program at Lockheed Martin, the largest aerospace program in history, provides an illustration of the complex information-sharing and problem-solving challenges in aligning a large, distributed, global integrated product team in an environment where even connectivity is a challenge. It sets the stage for the innovative management approaches needed to build collaborative climates as well as research directions for the future.


Olson, J. (2004), "CO-DEVELOPMENT: COLLABORATING ACROSS BOUNDARIES ON JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER", Beyerlein, M., Johnson, D. and Beyerlein, S. (Ed.) Complex Collaboration: Building the Capabilities for Working Across Boundaries (Advances in Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 27-58.

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