Is Knowledge-Sharing & Collaboration catching on?
For years I have wondered why companies in the ICT sector in Pakistan do not collaborate as much as they should, why most of them stay away from forming consortia and bidding for projects together. The most common excuse I have heard over the years is that everyone is too busy focusing on building and scaling their own companies and really cannot be distracted. There are also fears of employee and customer poaching (although, in my opinion, that is more likely to happen if you are not collaborating).
Well it seems that finally things are beginning to to change, and it warms my heart to see it happening. Many more companies are now working on projects together not only domestically but also internationally; project referrals have also become commonplace whereby if a company is not working in a particular domain or have their hands full, they are now referring other firms who they know are capable of delivering on the project.
Knowledge sharing, too, is catching on – companies and individuals who have been successful in a certain market or vertical, are sharing what they have learnt with colleagues and friends in the industry. In the coming days I will be putting up posts regarding two sharing sessions jointly organized by P@SHA and PSEB in Karachi and Lahore.