Precursors for Collaboration

This HBR article points to the space requirements for collaboration, focusing on the design decisions made by Citrix.  What goes unasked is whether any firm could reproduce  Citrix’s building space and foster collaboration.

My sense is that the answer would most likely be “no”.  

For starters, Citrix is a tech company, which by definition requires deep collaboration.

Secondly, their particular niche is in technologies that enable collaboration; I would be amazed to see that Citrix does not ‘dogfood’ their own products and processes.

Lastly, I would expect that the very culture and structure of the firm make collaboration hardwired into the corporate DNA.

Collaboration requires significant cultural inputs in addition to environmental conditions.

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