Smarter Collaboration

This indispensable new book lays out a pragmatic action plan blending rich stories, new empirical research, and loads of practical advice to help companies thrive by collaborating more effectively.


Market volatility. Sustainability demands. Hybrid working. Opportunities and hazards of fast-changing technology and regulations. Companies and nonprofits face more daunting challenges than ever. How can we collaborate in our organizations—and with outside partners—to solve problems, innovate, and succeed?

Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work offers groundbreaking solutions. This indispensable new book lays out a pragmatic action plan blending rich stories, new empirical research, and loads of practical advice to help companies thrive by collaborating more effectively. As Harvard professor Dr. Heidi K. Gardner and senior executive Ivan A. Matviak show, firms that collaborate smarter consistently generate higher revenues and profits, boost innovation, strengthen client relationships, and attract and retain better talent. In this successor to Gardner's bestselling first book, Smart Collaboration, the authors expand their mandate, illustrating the fundamental dynamics of collaborating well across industries like financial services, health care, biotech/pharma, consumer products, automotive, and technology.

Based on their research with thousands of executives from around the world, they share deep insights on how to implement smarter collaboration and avoid the potential pitfalls. They also help leaders troubleshoot thorny challenges like misaligned incentives, collaboration overload, and unintended consequences on diversity and inclusion. Complete with how-tos and cases, the book concludes with inspiring examples of groups harnessing smarter collaboration to tackle society's biggest challenges such as saving the oceans, eradicating diseases, and tackling global warming.

Smarter Collaboration is the essential guide for forward-thinking leaders to transform their organizations, reshape the way they work, and increase impact and success.


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Publications
PUBLICATION TITLE / Smarter Collaboration Pilots – Pivoting to Action and Results

Getting people excited about smarter collaboration is one thing—implementing it for the long haul is another. Our 20-plus years working with high-caliber professional services organizations has surfaced and reinforced a proven solution: smarter collaboration pilot programs.

Pilots are small-scale, short-term experiments. They test customized approaches for super-charging smarter collaboration in specific teams, before performing a broader rollout in the organization. Pilots capture quantifiable progress in a low-risk environment, helping to develop the proof-of-concept for the institutional deployment of smarter collaboration.

In our new white paper, Smarter Collaboration Pilots: Pivoting to Actions and Results, we discuss:

  • The rationale
  • Use cases
  • Execution
  • Example outcomes

We’d appreciate hearing if the white paper sparks any ideas for you.

Source: Gardner & Co,

Year: February 2024

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Smarter Collaboration Pilots – Pivoting to Action and Results
PUBLICATION TITLE / Will Biglaw Silos Become A Thing Of The Past?

In a recent panel at the Legal Marketing Association's Northeast Regional Conference in New York, Dr. Heidi K. Gardner explored how lawyer collaboration can boost firm profitability, solidify client relationships, and even ease technology adoption. 

Source: Above the Law

Year: November 2023

Link: https://abovethelaw.com/2023/11/will-biglaw-silos-become-a-thing-of-the-past/

Will Biglaw Silos Become A Thing Of The Past?
PUBLICATION TITLE / Dr. Heidi Gardner, Author of “Smarter Collaboration”

In the latest episode of The Best Business Minds podcast, Dr. Heidi K. Gardner unravels the who, what, where, when, why, and how of smarter collaboration. 

Source: The Best Business Minds podcast

Year: August 2023

Link: https://vimeo.com/854045420

Dr. Heidi Gardner, Author of “Smarter Collaboration”
PUBLICATION TITLE / Why Collaboration Helps Businesses

Companies that promote smarter collaboration not only improve their bottom line, but also generate breakthrough ideas. On a recent episode of the InfoTrak radio show, Dr. Heidi K. Gardner, Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession and co-author of Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work, offers practical advice for collaborating smarter. 

Source: InfoTrak radio show

Year: June 2023

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/save-your-child-from-drowning-and-why-collaboration/id1212542397?i=1000616047470

Why Collaboration Helps Businesses
PUBLICATION TITLE / Harvard Business Review Webinar

In a new Harvard Business Review webinar, Smarter Collaboration authors Dr. Heidi K. Gardner and Ivan Matviak discuss the business and talent cases for smarter collaboration, ways that companies can understand their collaborative challenges and overcome them, and strategies for collaborating with third parties.

Source: Harvard Business Review Press

Year: February 2023

Link: https://shorturl.at/cuHQW

Harvard Business Review Webinar
PUBLICATION TITLE / Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work

In a Book Bite recording for the Next Big Idea Club, Dr. Heidi K. Gardner and Ivan Matviak discuss five takeaways from their new book, Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work.

Source: Next Big Idea Club

Year: December 2022

Linkhttps://vimeo.com/854045420

Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work
PUBLICATION TITLE / A New Approach to Collaboration that Fuels Success

In a new HBR webinar, Smarter Collaboration co-authors Dr. Heidi K. Gardner and Ivan A. Matviak explore various research findings and concepts from the new book. For example, they present rich stories, new empirical research, and experience-driven advice; provide practical 'how to's' and real-world case studies; and share inspiring examples of groups harnessing smarter collaboration to tackle some of society's biggest challenges.

Source: Harvard Business Review

Year: November 2022

Link: https://hbr.org/webinar/2022/10/a-new-approach-to-collaboration-that-fuels-success

A New Approach to Collaboration that Fuels Success
PUBLICATION TITLE / Dr. Heidi K. Gardner and Ivan A. Matviak Introduce their New Book, “Smarter Collaboration”

Smarter Collaboration, the sequel to bestselling Smart Collaboration, has been released. Check out a new video from co-authors Dr. Heidi K. Gardner and Ivan Matviak sharing highlights from Smarter Collaboration.

Source: Gardner & Co.

Year: November 2022

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azk5M_UPfa4

Dr. Heidi K. Gardner and Ivan A. Matviak Introduce their New Book, “Smarter Collaboration”
PUBLICATION TITLE / Trust is Hard to Come by in the Workplace

Even as we get more accustomed to hybrid work, the trust gap between leaders and staff persists. Dr. Heidi K. Gardner, a distinguished fellow at Harvard Law School and author of a new book, Smarter Collaboration, provides two suggestions for overcoming this challenge. 

Source: Financial Times

Year: October 2022

Link: https://www.ft.com/content/86cd5567-3c05-4848-9c5c-d09b95015102

Trust is Hard to Come by in the Workplace