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Cooperation and its Failures: Metaphors towards understanding the dilemma for the 1990s


Cooperation and its Failures (From the 1960s through the 1980s)
Networking and teleconferencing
Trade and Development
Sexual intercourse
Environmental ecosystems
Drama and Opera
Sharing in spirit
Games and Teamwork
Rule of Law
Conspiracy of elites

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Annex 1 to Innovative Global Management through Metaphor


The following set of metaphors endeavours to highlight the range of mind-sets through which cooperation has been so enthusiastically pursued in the last 30 years -- with questionable success. Fundamental problems associated with each are briefly noted. The metaphors provide contrasting windows through which the imagination can explore the ways in which people, groups, factions and governments organize meetings, projects and long-term cooperation to improve the condition of the world. The set of metaphors is not comprehensive but it is deliberately broad in scope to ensure adequate conceptual variety.