Collaboration vs. Coordination

02Oct13
Collaboration is defined as: “the action of working with someone to produce or create something.” This is two or more people working together to achieve a common goal.  The activities can be done together or separately, but the separation between the two is usually dynamic in nature.  This means the exchange of information takes place on a regular basis in order to know the real-time effects of the work on each particular subgroup.
Coordination is defined as: “the organization of the different elements of a complex body or activity so as to enable them to work together effectively.” Coordination is again two or more people working to achieve a common goal.  In this particular instance, these activities are ‘siloed’ into smaller, distinct groups.  When these groups are complete and ready, they are then brought together to fit into a new assembly or whole.
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