Smashing Silos – Five steps to encourage collaboration (Evan Rosen in Business Week)

No business, institution, or government agency is immune from silo syndrome in which barriers develop among the organization’s many parts. But adopting collaborative culture, processes, and tools can keep silo syndrome in check and create greater value.


The silo syndrome is existing and blocking collaboration – and Knowledge Management, and Enterprise 2.0, and innovation … name it. Breaking down barriers and encourage collaboration is essential and Evan Rosen writes a lot of important steps:

Here are five steps to smashing silos:

  • Eliminate Needless Formality and Hierarchy …
  • Provide One-Click Access to Entire Organization …
  • Design Dedicated Physical Spaces for Collaboration …
  • Adopt Common Systems and Processes …
  • Establish Cross-Functional Mentoring …


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