People from different parts of the organization/s working together in a cross unit or cross functional team on a common task. A key characteristic is typically differing goals as the starting point. This is different than teamwork – working well within existing teams or existing functions.
“Collaboration is indeed the answer to many of today’s most pressing business challenges. But more isn’t always better. Leaders must learn to recognize, promote and efficiently distribute the right kinds of collaborative work...”
"Over the past two decades the amount of time spent on collaborative work has ballooned. At many companies people now spend 80% of their time in meetings or answering colleague requests"
“Too much teamwork exhausts employees and saps productivity”
--Harvard Business Review January – February 2016 Cross, Rebele, and Grant