The Heart and Science of Cooperation and Innovation

By: John Aldridge  

The Spirit of Collaboration is a socio-technical system (STS) that is supported by research-based evidence, and values-aligned leadership ethics. The Spirit of Collaboration framework dovetails Knowledge Management (KM) with Socio-Technical Systems (STS) within the flexible structure of Action-Science, advancing enterprise-wide open “agile” systems for “on-demand” knowledge creation and distributed intelligence—co-creating a cycle of sustained innovation and actionable knowledge. The Spirit of collaboration is aimed at organizational leaders, administrators and community change agents providing a framework for creating community in the workplace integrating values-aligned decisions for initiating and maintaining adaptive, functional and innovative interactions enabling organizational members to flourish within their communities of practice. Innovation is the lifeblood of twenty-first century organization. Collaboration is key for co-creating “new knowledge” and innovative practices. Socio-technical systems (STS) provide opportunities for agile open-systems thinking. (New knowledge is defined as that which occurs when learning becomes situated in a moment of action requiring a novel response [actionable knowledge], where work groups collaborate, organizing innovative work patterns, co-creating a cycle of sustained innovation). There are three critical constituents of the Spirit of Collaboration, the Collaborative framework: The Spirit-led leader, The workgroup/team and, The technology. This session is hands on and includes various gestalt puzzles and group problem solving activities. The session is engaging and collaborative.

Collaboration, Innovation, Learning
Management Education
Workshop Presentation

John Aldridge

Director of Graduate Leadership Programs, Business and Technology, Business and Technology, Colorado Christian University, United States
United States

Dr. Aldridge serves as full-time faculty and Director of Organizational Leadership programs, Business and Technology at Colorado Christian University. John is a behavioral technologist with over twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur and organizational development consultant. John has also served as a technical trainer, instructional designer and change management consultant for fortune 100 companies representing a mix of diverse international business sectors including, entertainment, telecommunications, transportation logistics, financial services, governmental and educational endeavors. John has been married to his wife Stephanie for 35+ years and is blessed with two children and three grandchildren.