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By Edwin Kaats, Wilfrid Opheij

This book specializes in the stipulations for promising collaboration. Collaboration is changing into a dominant software in modern-day economic system and society and manifests itself in lots of shapes and varieties. it's a demanding device which nonetheless is not good understood and poses the enterprise neighborhood in entrance of a couple of tough dilemma's. We place collaboration as a multidisciplinary phenomenon and - in keeping with years of study and as reflective practitioners - supply a accomplished version for examining and designing collaborative procedures that's either scientifically rooted and acceptable in perform. a greater knowing of collaborative methods will improve the good fortune of alliances, networks, chains and strategic partnerships. as well as this we glance to the way forward for organizing from a collaborative point of view and deal with the demanding situations ahead.

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The Healthy Region The network’s ambition is to assist inhabitants to improve their health and so give a new meaning to the time-honored proverb ‘‘prevention is better than cure’’. Key concepts of The Healthy Region are: investing in better health, own responsibility, collaboration, optimism and innovation. All activities and projects should support these concepts. The steering committee chairman’s motto is: ‘‘We don’t know the exact outcome yet, but that is no reason at all not to get started because we know we are working in the right direction’’.

Finally, there are actors who jump right to the question what form a partnership should 40 3 Essential Conditions for Promising Collaboration Fig. 1 Sources of ambiguity and misunderstanding take: We need a covenant! Or, a joint venture, an alliance, a shared service center, a cooperative association, a…! It is precisely because of such diversity that none of the parties can make do with only their own perception and definition of an issue, solution, opportunity or form. Central in our view on cooperation is, therefore, a ‘puzzle’ with four pieces.

The art is to find solutions that are in everyone’s interest in a way that respects everyone’s interests. There is a research tradition that gives a central place to such ‘thinking in terms of interests’. Literature on mutual gains has produced an influential body of knowledge in the field of negotiations and collective decisionmaking (Fisher and Ury 1981; Susskind and Field 1996; Kahane 2004, 2010). It has provided politicians around the world with the principles, instruments and attitude to find solutions to complex problems.

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