When I was reading Kolin-Collaborative Writing, I was thinking about Microsoft. I’m not quite sure why, but I did. I was thinking about all of the different teams that work on their own projects which finally result in the collaborative release of some new product. This lead me to look into the structure of Microsoft, and all of its different groups. I discovered that the company is separated into thirteen different groups! Thirteen! This is just the tip of the ice berg too.
Each of these thirteen groups is responsible for a different area of the entire company. I can only imagine how many teams collaborate within just one group of the company. Furthermore, definitely some if not all of these teams likely collaborate between groups to meet their goals as well.
This company has a big job of just keeping its teams focused and working together for the superordinate goals of the whole group. I wonder how this company holds this system all together. It would be interesting to see how the collaboration process works for this company, and how they have used it to their advantage over the life of the company.