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Collaborative incentive is an explicit or implicit, cost benefit oriented motivation for collaborating. Linked to trust (more exploration on this required), this may be a shared objective (like making a profit) or an individualistic motive (like furthering one’s career by working with someone who has a valuable social standing).

Collaborative incentive is currently listed as a
first class collaborative element,
meaning it is an element of all human collaborative situations.


The below may apply to all or some of the collaborative participants involved in a collaborative process.

  • Desired objective (which can't necessarily be predicted as an output
  • Desired solution (which may contribute to a desired objective)
  • Shared problem (which may even be at odds with another collaborative participant's


Values systems[]

The differences and similarities of the value systems of collaborative participants are likely to impact the success and failure of collaborative processes, as well as the nature of the process, media and outputs.

An inquiry into current value system research with the objective of developing a framework for helping understand why, how, when, where and with whom people collaborate might increase the likelihood for successful instances of collaboration, as well as informing the conscious deployment of collaboration as a strategy for problem solving.

Value systems as a component of the collaborative incentive may also prove fruitful in understanding the open source software movement (see Cooperation Commons Summary The Success of Open Source, Weber, Steven).

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