Himmelman’s Taxonomy and Collaborative Efforts

All 4 of the components of Himmelman’s Taxonomy are important to the process of collaborative work. For all projects that I have had to work on with peers, I feel that the component that helped us work especially well was Coordination. In a learning environment where the students are working professionals with busy schedules and important life commitments, I found that the ability to coordinate daily lives for that optimal time frame was essential to getting the project done efficiently and effectively. Times when work can get done are not always the best and most desirable, but when a mutual time can be found where work can be done to support the team’s desired outcome, life is beautiful. As Rheingold notes, coordination requires commitment, and the commitment to look past personal interests and instead think about the team first will yield great results.


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