Collaboration: A dirty word, still, for some
So what do you think about all this social software malarkey?
Mini Poll Let's get personal here. Do you like collaborating with work colleagues? Do you like giving up your hard won knowledge for the greater good? Some people do. Some people don't.
The theory that underpins social software driven collaboration is that power accrues most to those who give away the most. They gain a reputation, they are sought after and, as a result, they become more secure.
Contrast this with the old way of doing things. Hoard knowledge and hide the inner workings of your expertise. Become indispensible and, therefore, unsackable.
But collaborative computer systems more or less force a change in culture if and when they are adopted. We've seen this happening over a long time - email and groupware are two of the predecessors. You could add several waves of 'knowledge management' as well. But, this time, it's different. Huge chunks of the population have already started participating in social networking outside of work. Instead of seeping from the organisation to the outside world, it's seeping the other way.
What we'd like to find out is 'to what extent?' If you'd like to take our quick poll below, we'll get the findings back to you in a few days.