Modeling and Replicating Effective Collaboration: A Case Study of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute

By Jeffrey Shuman and Janice Twombly.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This paper examines the collaboration among a team of researchers affiliated with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI). The purpose of the collaboration among the researchers is two-fold: to increase the quantity and quality of scientific output and to advance the careers of the researchers, who at the time of the authors’ research, were all junior faculty members at Harvard. Leaders of the Institute believed the subject team to be collaborating effectively. The authors conducted research to describe effective collaboration among the HSCI team so that practices could be modeled for other teams to apply in their own endeavors. Another purpose of the research was to identify barriers to effective collaboration within the HSCI community.

Keywords: Collaborative Innovation, Collaborative Networks, Relationship Currencies

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.125-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.690MB).

Dr. Jeffrey Shuman

Professor, Management Department, Bentley University, Waltham, MA, USA

For more than three decades, Shuman has integrated the classroom with the boardroom, transforming breakthrough theories into practical business applications. He is a Leavey Award-winning educator – professor of management and director of Bentley University’s Entrepreneurial Studies program, ranked 16th nationally in 2003. He also is an award-winning businessman. Recipient of a 1999 Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Shuman has co-founded five companies and consulted for numerous others, from startups to Fortune 10, in diverse arenas ranging from retailing, manufacturing, and distribution to technology, banking and finance. Shuman is author or co-author of several landmark business books.

Janice Twombly

President, The Rhythm of Business, Newton, MA, USA

Janice Twombly, CPA is the president of The Rhythm of Business, Inc., a Boston-based consultancy and thought leader in the emerging discipline of collaborative business. The firm works with organizations to develop the mindset, skillset, and toolset required for realizing desired financial outcomes from business networks, including mutually beneficial supplier/customer and alliance relationships. Twombly leads the development of the firm’s methodology to embed collaborative business practices within the culture and management systems of organizations. Her simple and intuitive techniques for linking non-financial inputs to financial outcomes and measuring relationship-based sources of value are being applied collaborative in complex environments such as high-tech manufacturing, oil and gas exploration and production, pharmaceuticals, enterprise software, and economic development.


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