Alumni

Collaboration on Collaboration

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

November 4, 2009: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Collaboration is a hot topic these days in organizations. The ubiquity of the Internet and particularly the rise of social networks outside the enterprise have focused people’s attention on how they interact with and work with others, including others far away. In order to explore this topic, the Chicago Booth Alumni Club is sponsoring a unique learning and knowledge development experience, which we are calling “Collaboration on Collaboration.” Unlike conventional (passive) lectures and presentations, our objective is to assemble a community of professionals, executives, and practitioners who are ready to “roll up their sleeves” to share their experience (both solutions and struggles), work together to develop a common understanding of the current “state of the art,” and begin to create new knowledge and insights through collaborative exploration. The process begins on November 4th. The evening starts with an overview/introduction to the field by David Friedman of Bridgewell Partners. Then we break for a working dinner, where participants will have an opportunity to identify common interests and exchange perspectives. Then we’ll reconvene as a group for a facilitated discussion to figure out what is of value to us, and start working to make it happen. Whatever we decide is what we’ll do – because that’s how good collaborations happen.

Where

Gleacher Center
Room 600
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Collaboration is a hot topic these days in organizations. The ubiquity of the Internet and particularly the rise of social networks outside the enterprise have focused people’s attention on how they interact with and work with others, including others far away. It’s a huge topic. Included are questions like: 1. How should my organization use social networks – for dealing with customers and for internal performance improvement? 2. What’s the difference between internal social networks and internal teams? 3. How do I manage in a collaborative enterprise – what kinds of systems do we need to put in place, what kinds of principles does a manager need to follow? 4. Are value networks of loosely linked people able to compete against larger more tightly linked companies – and under what circumstances is being a member of these kinds of value networks a viable career strategy? 5. What are the interpersonal skills that I need to have as a collaborator – in an organization or outside an organization? 6. What are the best ways to online 7. What are the new business models that have emerged to take advantage of collaboration (e.g., crowdsourcing) and what opportunities do they present? In order to explore these questions (and others) the Chicago Booth Alumni Club is sponsoring a unique learning and knowledge development experience, which we are calling “Collaboration on Collaboration.” Unlike conventional (passive) lectures and presentations, our objective is to assemble a community of professionals, executives, and practitioners who are ready to “roll up their sleeves” to share their experience (both solutions and struggles), work together to develop a common understanding of the current “state of the art,” and begin to create new knowledge and insights through collaborative exploration. The process begins on November 4th. The evening starts with an overview/introduction to the field by David Friedman of Bridgewell Partners. Then we break for a working dinner, where participants will have an opportunity to identify common interests and exchange perspectives. Then we’ll reconvene as a group for a facilitated discussion to figure out what is of value to us, and start working to make it happen. Whatever we decide is what we’ll do – because that’s how good collaborations happen. In order to facilitate effective interaction and maximize value for all participants, this unique opportunity will be limited to just twenty-five participants. As part of the registration process, we’ll ask you a few (optional) short questions about your background and interests, which we’ll compile and email to all participants in advance. We’re also assembling a small core of “expert resources” to join us, and we’re preparing a collection of background readings. The registration fee includes a light dinner buffet.

Cost

Club Members/Guests: $15 Non-Members: $25

Registration

Register Online

Deadline: 11/4/2009

Speaker Profiles

David Friedman (Speaker)
Principal, Bridgewell Partners
http://www.bridgewellpartners.com

David Friedman develops new business processes for interacting with customers and for working much more effectively within organizations. He is a Principal of Bridgewell Partners, a firm that focuses on helping business people improve their most critical business relationships. At Bridgewell, David works with professionals and salespeople on improving their business development results. Prior to founding Bridgewell Partners, David was a partner at McKinsey and Company, Inc., where he led projects on strategy and operations improvement for companies in financial services and in other service and industrial businesses.

Questions

Dennis Aust 

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