Intense Collaboration within Microsoft

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.


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  1. Great post! This is a very interesting thing for us to think about, especially since some people might be viewing this group work as a chore, rather than an opportunity. Any large and successful company likely runs off a large group of individuals (which makes sense because there are many different aspects in a company which need a team of experts with that specific expertise). In the case of Microsoft, the collaboration of thirteen different groups has made them thrive for years. Although our group projects are nowhere near as large and likely won’t be as successful as Microsoft (fingers crossed though), taking their company model and making the best of the talent that multiple people bring to a group project is something that we need to take advantage of. After all, Microsoft had to start off somewhere, right? Go group projects!


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