Subba’s Serendipitous moments

June 26, 2008

Collaboration amidst competition

Filed under: Inspiration,Learning,Model,Strategy — Subbaraman Iyer @ 12:12 am
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Much has been said about “coopetition” — the phenomenon of collaborating with one’s competitors in business literature. It undoubtedly has its merits though it is a huge challenge to pull it off.

The entrance test to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is the most difficult exam on the planet. The acceptance ratio is somewhat closer to 250: 1 and hence competition is intense.

Under such circumstances, it is unusual to see student collaborate — not for a common cause but to help each other.

The piece here describes an instance of how a group of underprivileged students (some of them didn’t know what a carpet was) collaborated with each other and ensured mutual success.

What was also heartening for me personally, (as it echoes my own definition of a good teacher) is one student’s description of a good teacher. He said “My definition of a good teacher is one who doesn’t give answers but keeps asking the right questions, thereby helping the students to get to their own answers.”

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