COMPETITION AND COOPERATION: THE WISDOM TO KNOW WHEN

“COMPETITION AND COOPERATION: THE WISDOM TO KNOW WHEN” is written by Roberta Wiig Berg. This article is very different from the previous articles. It uses an experiment – “red-blue exercise” to support the argument. Through the explanation of the role of the four factors (namely, reflection, fair play, trust, and ethics) in the experiment, the author proves that competition and cooperation are important in business, and knowing when to use what strategy is necessary. People often know that we can not only compete or cooperate with others. However, the most important thing is that knowing when to compete and when to cooperate is the greatest wisdom in life.

Most of the previous articles were discussing the negative or positive effects of competition, and this article tells us through a game that we can cooperate even in a competitive environment. As the subject of this article: business competition, in order to maximize the benefits of business, timely cooperation in a competitive environment is also necessary. Different from Hutcheon’s view that competition is harmful and Bateson’s view in favor of cooperation, this article advocates analyzing the relationship between competition and cooperation from a more objective and rational perspective.By avoiding the prejudice of the first impression of a thing, building up the trust suitable for our competitors, trying to create a fair environment, and basing ourselves on morality, we can also cooperate with our competitors to gain benefits instead of hitting them blindly.

What is more, fierce competition does not directly lead to interests, and cooperation cannot guarantee absolute benefits. Only when we treat everything with an objective and rational attitude, we will know when to cooperate and when to compete.

3 Comments

  1. I agree that knowing when to compete and when to cooperate is indeed the greatest wisdom in our life. We face different situations all the time, and using this technique wisely can lead us to a better future, just as this article mentioned “Fierce competition does not directly lead to interests, and cooperation cannot guarantee absolute benefits.”

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  2. Hi! I understand your thoughts on how competition and cooperation can be beneficial to an individual only when there is an objective. Although I agree with that, everyone has a different objective. Therefore, do you mean objective towards self satisfaction or an objective that the society expects? Additionally, do you think competition can be fair?

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  3. In business, the objective point of view is to obtain greater benefits and self-satisfaction, so people need to stand in their objective perspective to analyze when to cooperate and when to compete. The “objective” I mentioned here means that you should not blindly compete because of the situation in which you have certain competition requirements. If you can cooperate with competitors to get the maximum benefit, it is also a good choice to give up competition. In addition, I feel that competition cannot be completely fair, because every individual in the competition is completely different, and we can only work hard to create a level playing field.

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