Advanced research in the collaboration discipline is still in its infancy. There is still a lot that we do not know. So much about collaboration is still done on a hunch or a guesstimate and, more or less, that is how many well-established disciplines started before becoming fine-tuned and reliable. One of this week’s selected recommended readings refers to a known link between collaboration and innovation. I myself have noticed that those collaborating agencies that focus on serious competition also tend to be the ones that are drawn to collaboration precisely because of innovation. In the next 3-5 years we should expect more usable data and knowledge on how strong and profitable this link is. Specifically, I hope that research will uncover the best models of collaboration where innovation is the prize worth working towards. For now, those daring managers and business leaders with foresight continue to make inroads.

Sincere thanks to those who have suggested articles for this edition of Roadmender Recommends.


3 Reasons Why Partnerships Need to be Part of Your Growth Strategy

3 reasonsEnter the Project Grow Challenge presented by Entrepreneur and Canon USA for a chance to win up to $25,000 in funding for your business. Deadline is Sept. 15 2015. Click here to enter. Securing the right strategic partnerships confers real advantages to your business. As entrepreneurs, we’re wired to go our own way, build things ourselves, and solve our own problems, but it’s critical that we temper that pioneering entrepreneurial spirit with a willingness to seek out partners who can help realize value for everyone involved. Partnerships benefit your business in three main ways:.. READ ON


9 Reasons Why It Sucks Working for a Startup

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Germany’s ‘One Stop Collaboration Shop’ For European Startups

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Collaboration with Israel will boost Japan’s innovation mojo, says VC firm

"Samurai Incubate’s presence in Israel comes in the wake of deepening economic ties between the two countries"

“Samurai Incubate’s presence in Israel comes in the wake of deepening economic ties between the two countries”

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How To Change Careers When You Don’t Know What You Want To Do Next

But the notion that we have to choose a single career path and stick with it from beginning to end is simply a myth. Regardless of your age or experience, we all eventually hit a roadblock at some point in our lives when we need to ask ourselves: “What’s next?” Career impasses—those moments when you know you’re not happy where you are, yet don’t quite know what to do next—aren’t just common, they’re necessary, says Timothy Butler, psychotherapist and senior adviser for career development at Harvard Business School. “We build these…READ ON


How to Build Meaningful Relationships in the Workplace

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