“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.