A sign of the growing popularity of all kinds of collaboration is the growing number of books on some aspect of the topic. What are your favorites? Here are some I’ve come across:
Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.
The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Raymond.
Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results by Morten T. Hansen.
Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-Based Model by Robert Axelrod.
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler.
Consensus Through Conversation: How to Achieve High-Commitment Decisions by Larry Dressler.
Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins.
Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another by Philip Ball.
The Culture of Collaboration by Evan Rosen.
Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson.
The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni.
Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide by Cass R. Sunstein.
Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration by Keith Sawyer.
Hot Groups: Seeding Them, Feeding Them, and Using Them to Ignite Your Organization by J. Lipman-Blumen and J. & H. Leavitt.
How to Make Collaboration Work: Powerful Ways to Build Consensus, Solve Problems, and Make Decisions by David Strauss and Thomas C. Layton.
How to Make Meetings Work by Michael Doyle and David Strauss.
Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge by Cass R. Sunstein.
Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances by J. Richard Hackman.
Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.
Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World by Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger.
Micromotives and Macrobehavior by Thomas Schelling.
Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others by Marco Iacoboni.
Mirrors in the Brain: How Our Minds Share Actions, Emotions, and Experience by Giacomo Rizzolatti, Corrado Sinigaglia and Frances Anderson.
The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change by Beth Kanter and Allison Fine.
The Neuroscience of Fair Play: Why We (Usually) Follow the Golden Rule by Donald W. Pfaff and Edward O. Wilson.
Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Theory of Networks by Mark Buchanan.
Organizing Genius – The Secrets of Creative Collaboration by Warren Bennis.
The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison.
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age by Duncan J. Watts.
Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold.
Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity And the New Science of Ideas by Richard Ogle.
Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goleman.
The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin.
Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith.
Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future by Margaret J Wheatley.
Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves by Adam L. Penenberg.
The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom by Yochai Benkler.
Why Teams Don’t Work by Harvey Robbins and Michael Finley.
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams.
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki.
The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization by Jon Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith.
X-teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate and Succeed by Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman.