Building a Business with Strategic Partnerships and Collaboration

Many businesses are in the midst of changing how they do business.  Managing a business has become multifaceted, incorporating combinations of traditional and modern management models in a world that’s rapidly changing.  Building a business often requires strategic partnerships and collaboration.

Through many aspects of the day-to-day operation many businesses work in isolation.  Companies occupying the same or similar markets often duplicate effort to accomplish the same or similar tasks.  Seeking out strategic partnerships can strengthen the operations of both businesses as well as expand market reach and product offering.  Collaborating on new and innovative initiatives has potential of providing a competitive advantage to both partners.

Collaboration presents unique opportunities to those involved in a partnership.  Through strategic alliances partners can bridge gaps that may exist throughout their own organizations and complement their operations by sharing expertise as well as knowledge.  By sharing success stories and best practices, those involved in strategic partnerships often find such collaborative relationships mutually beneficial, stimulating creativity and innovation throughout the market.

Building a business with strategic partnerships and collaboration will minimize risks associated with new product development.  Openly sharing information provides a more solid foundation for decisions that are based on a more thorough understanding of associated risks.  Companies can better position themselves to react to the unknown, allowing them to become proactive rather than reactive to market pressures.

Advances in technology has facilitates partnerships and collaboration between businesses.  Sharing of information and knowledge as well as communications has never been easier.  Companies can at the press of a button be connected to anywhere in the world allowing for openness and transparency between organizations.

This ability to share knowledge often becomes a catalyst for innovation, fuelling the ability of employees to create.  This ability to create is an underlying principle of collaboration.

Even with the positives associated with strategic partnerships and collaborations, there are some pitfalls that must be addressed.

Strategic partnerships can confuse potential customers and clients.  There is a potential for partners to lose their identity and become absorbed in the partnership making it difficult for people to distinguish and differentiate in a marketplace.  This ambiguity may negatively impact business operations and result in a decline in market.

It is important for strategic partnerships be cognizant of market perceptions.  The partnership must be seen as being beneficial to the market and its customers.

If purely developmental and meant to enhance operational aspects of a business, it is imperative that strategic partnerships be open and transparent.  Employees must not perceive any partnership or collaboration as a threat.  Having employee buy-in is necessary for the success of any partnership or collaborative initiative.

Strategic partnerships and collaboration are becoming more commonplace.  Businesses are realizing great potential from aligning with like-minded companies and gaining competitive advantages.  Keep in mind some of the pitfalls if exploring strategic partnerships and your business will thrive in the global economy

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About Barry Wheeler

Barry Wheeler is a blogger, novice SEO, geek and passionate Newfoundlander. Operating several successful websites and online communities, Barry has started exploring the social internet and its impact on all facets of society including personal life and business relationships. Find Barry on Twitter @barrywheeler and FaceBook or on his website Barry Wheeler - Blogging for Success.
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