Business advantage gained from a core philosophy of global collaboration. As the opposite of competitive advantage. Global refers to anyone being able to join based on merit, regardless of any other factors. The merit consists of Collaborative Literacy, a rigorous set of social and technical skills and awareness required for truly open collaboration.
This is obtained by:
- Cost reduction -Reducing product R&D costs by a paradigm of globally-shared, collaborative, open development which is also organizationally transparent and therefore globally scalable.
- Moral Leadership - everyone knows that we should share, but in practice people fail to do so because of fear. By creating a space where this moral leadership is clear and unquestionable, we create a new dynamic in civilization based on true sharing. This is of biblical proportions, finally delivering the coming of Christ, so to say.
'Friendly competition' is similar. It is, however, not transparent or inclusive - as the agents do not collaborate on the essential development of product design, the core technical aspect of a product. They may collaborate on the public image or face, marketing, distribution. But there is no inclusion of the public in terms of teaching the public about the inner workings of the trade - for transparency and replication to promote open enterprise as opposed to monopoly. Friendly competition is more like a proprietary consortium, which collaborates in convenient ways without divulging proprietary design or trade secrets. As such, the stus quo of industry monopoly is retained. An interesting case is Chinese knockoffs, which