"The speed of the Internet provides a fundamentally different perspective on how business relationships occur … The approach relies on collaboration, not on competition … on sharing information, and understanding what we as businesses do best."
Michael Dell (1965–), US founder, CEO, and chairman of Dell, Inc.
Speech to the Executives’ Club of Chicago.
Source: “NetSpeed: The Supercharged Effect of the Internet” (October 23, 1998)
"Only recently have people begun to recognise that working with suppliers is just as important as listening to customers."
Barry J. Nalebuff (1958–), US author and management academic
Source: Co-opetition (cowritten with Adam M. Brandenburger, 1997)
"Virtually all economic activity in the contemporary world is carried out not by individuals but by organizations that require a high degree of social cooperation."
Francis Fukuyama (1952–), US economist and writer
Source: Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity (1995)
"When you collaborate with other people, you tend to regard your own individual contribution as the most important."
Yang Jiang (1911–), Chinese playwright and writer
Source: A Cadre School Life (1980)
"Successful cooperation in or by formal organizations is the abnormal, not the normal, condition."
Chester Barnard (1886–1961), US business executive and management theorist
Source: Organization and Management (1948)
"Corporations can have no soul but they can love each other."
Henry Demarest Lloyd (1847–1903), US journalist and reformer
Source: Wealth Against Commonwealth (1894)
"Men will find that they can … avoid far more easily the perils which beset them on all sides by united action."
Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677), Dutch philosopher
Source: Ethics (1677), pt. 4, proposition 35, note
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