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Collaborative Networks are the Organization: McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley College and The Rhythm of Business Explore Organizational Collaboration June 6, 7

March 31, 2006

The Bentley College McCallum Graduate School of Business and The Rhythm of Business will co-sponsor Collaborative Networks are the Organization on June 6 and 7 at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. The forum will identify steps for companies to grow their collaborative capability to achieve strategic advantage.

"Collaborating is increasingly viewed as the only realistic way to meet the challenges of today's business environment," says Jeff Shuman, professor of management and director of entrepreneurial studies at Bentley, and co-founder of The Rhythm of Business. "No one organization has the talent, resources or time for the continuous innovation of its products, processes and business model that the global marketplace requires."

The symposium will explore the mindset, skill set and tool set of collaborative networks. Discussion themes will include aligning for strategic intent; defining, measuring and communicating value; growing collaborative capability; mitigating the risks of collaborating; and embracing the collaborative challenge.

Representing a breadth of industries, civic domains and disciplines, participants will draw upon their experiences and research to develop an action plan for successful collaboration.

Participating organizations include Accenture, Bank of America, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Boston University, CA, Capgemini, Cisco, ConocoPhillips, Eli Lilly, Gartner, IBM, MIT, Phillips Electronics, Schlumberger, and the University of Strathclyde.

"One of the issues with collaborative networks is the lack of a common language and shared meaning about collaboration," Shuman says. "For this event we've reached out to people who work in strategic relationships, supply chain, knowledge management, technology, innovation, and emergency first responders who are pushing the envelope on collaborative ways of working."

The response to this exclusive, invite-only symposium has been overwhelming, says Shuman. "We expect to hold subsequent programs on collaborative business for the wider Bentley community and beyond."

The Rhythm of Business, Inc. is a Boston-based consultancy and research group founded in 1999 by Shuman and Bentley alumnus Jan Twombly. Specializing in the emerging discipline of collaborative business, their work spans both the civic and private sectors, from Global 10 corporations to entrepreneurial ventures, as well as governments, not for profits, and international networks. Shuman is a 30-year veteran entrepreneur, strategic consultant, and business educator. Twombly is an expert in collaborative business relationships and a former partner in a leading Boston accounting firm.


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