Research into collaboration
In addition to commissioned research, Gaston Vilé conducts his own independent research into collaboration. To be more precise: research into the ability to work together and the quality of cooperation of constructed or organised structures for cooperation (such as organisations). He is particularly interested in the kissing points of the constructed collective and the individual.
When it comes to cooperation, there are also problems. Hassle is always there, soft, hard, below or above the ground, invisible and visible. With planned and spontaneous changes, but also in relatively stable situations. Shall we let it simmer down? Do we hope it will fade? Or that it will improve when that person goes to another department? How an organisation deals with the arising of hassle and the hassle itself reflects its ability to work together.
Organisations with a great ability to collaborate do not suffer so much from hassle.
What distinguishes an organisation with a high quality of collaboration?
Their organisation. This type of organisation is able to prevent hassle and if there is (once in a while) hassle, there is no dependence on uncertain incidental (often external) interventions. Because these organisations have structurally organised and guaranteed their ability to work together and their quality of cooperation.
Towards a high quality of collaboration
Gaston's research shows that it is not just about improving teamwork in terms of psychosocial and psycho-emotional dynamics. Precisely not.
Something fundamental needs to be done in the layer that the organisation forms around the place where the cooperation takes place (on a daily basis). These are the most important requirements:
- the organisation recognises that it depends on cooperation for its continued existence and for the execution of its strategy;
- the organisation makes a business function of working together.
Kissing points of the constructed collective and the individual
Preventing hassle and being able to deal with hassle yourself if hassle should arise is very much about the constructed or organised context for cooperation in conjunction with the people working in it. Anyone who focuses solely on the team or the team members is completely wrong. In other words, hassle, an unpleasant working atmosphere and the associated damage and costs would remain persistently recurring phenomena. That is exactly what we see in the practice of organisations. Considering and treating cooperation as a normal business function is necessary.
Concern and hope
Earlier (1989) he published 'Zorg en hoop' (Concern and hope), a book in which he makes a critical analysis of fundamental concepts of A.H. Maslow. This analysis is not so much a leitmotiv in his research into cooperation and his work as rather a basis for seeing the possibilities and impossibilities of working together.
Concern and hope apply to humanity and its possibilities and consequently to the cooperation of people. Concern in connection with the deep disappointment that so little is being done to realise the opportunities for cooperation. And hope for the joyful, adventurous and successful enterprise that working together can be.
Gaston Vilé is currently working on a publication in which he describes his insights in collaboration and their practical implications for organisations. (in Dutch) ‘Naar een hoge samenwerkingskwaliteit. Samenwerken ontrafeld. Essenties om samenwerkingsvermogen te organiseren en te borgen’..