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Collaborate with Your Competitors
- and Win

Harvard Business Review - January 1989
by Gary Hamel, Yves L. Doz, C.K. Prahalad

Collaboration between competitors is in fashion. But the rise of competitive collaboration has triggered unease about its long-term effects. Companies that benefit most from competitive collaboration never forget that their partners may be out to disarm them. They know that harmony is not the most important measure of success; indeed, occasional conflict may be the best evidence of mutually beneficial collaboration. Successful companies also guard against competitive compromise by informing employees at all levels what skills and technologies are off-limits to the partner. Finally, they learn from their partners, viewing each alliance as a window on their partners' broad capabilities.

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