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Toward a Philosophy of Collaboration

Toward a Philosophy of Collaboration
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Author(s): Nils Randrup (University of California at Irvine and AVT Business School, Irvine, USA), Douglas Druckenmiller (Western Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA) and Robert Owen Briggs (San Diego State University, San Diego, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Volume: 14
Issue: 2
Pages: 18
Source title: International Journal of e-Collaboration (IJeC)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Jingyuan Zhao (University of Toronto, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/IJeC.2018040102


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The authors find themselves in the midst of a global social transformation that is shaping the common perception of reality. The development of technology-enabled collaborative networks, virtual collaboration, structured collaboration processes, and digital team collaboration affects every part of society. Research on collaboration and collaboration systems has achieved sufficient maturity and scope that an overall conceptual definition of collaboration is now needed and possible. This article proposes a conceptual approach and terminology as a step towards bridging isolated communities of collaborating researchers in various fields. The authors offer a fundamental philosophical description of what collaboration is (and is not) based on relevant epistemological, metaphysical, and axiological insights derived from a synthesis of existing collaboration research, and the authors outline the most obvious needs for further research toward formalizing a more fully-realized philosophy of collaboration.

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