Recently, the ISO 44001:2017 standard has been adopted with the title Collaborative business relationship management systems - Requirements and framework related to business partnerships and collaborative forms of business, which are of great importance in modern business.

There are many formal and informal types of business partnerships and collaborative business models, and their management is becoming very complex for companies.

Many companies are still not aware of the importance of good planning and management of collaborative business relationships, although they may be, in addition to technological innovations, the main competitive factor of any company or organization. In case of new collaborative business models this is also strongly connected with innovation in services (e.g. in organizational, management and other service-based innovations). The accepted international standard is welcomed, since it officially gives a great importance to collaborative business forms for achieving competitive advantage.

The standard is useful in:

  • all companies, all sectors and sizes at different stages of development and in all business areas. Depending on the purpose of the partnership (e.g. internationalisation, raw materials purchasing, subcontracting, sales network relationships, searching for funds, etc.), business partnerships are more or less complex and their management more or less demanding;
  • the public sector of larger systems (e.g. railways), public-private partnership cases and in other cases;
  • clusters, associations, business networks, cooperatives and other organizations where collaboration and partnership models are important for their growth.

At WOTRA we have been active in this field for many years where we have been monitoring the development of the standard from the very beginning (BSI 11000 - the national standard of the United Kingdom as the predecessor of the international standard ISO 44001). We are active at domestic and international conferences and through lectures and counseling in Slovenia and abroad. In addition, a special website dedicated to Business Partnerships Management has been developed, where, among others, individual contributions from conferences are available. We are always available for additional questions through the contact addresses shown on this website or through the Enquiry Form.

 

Services

 

We can offer the following consulting services:

  • we identify the most suitable collaborative and partnership strategies or a combination of strategies based on your current situation in the organization, your vision, strategy and goals of the organization and the type of your products and services;
  • we analyze your existing collaborative business model and existing relationships with business partners or members of your network and prepare (1) recommendations for improving and/or expanding business partnerships and networks, (2) proposal of a possible new and innovative collaborative business model, and (3) recommendations for the systematic collective intelligence building;
  • we offer assistance in searching for partners, agreeing with potential partners, and finally selecting partners;
  • we can take over a partnership and/or member-based network systems management;
  • we propose you the appropriate methodologies and tools to effectively manage relationships with your partners and/or members;
  • other related services.

If you would like to get additional information or get in touch with us, please contact us either by phone or use the Enquiry Form.

 

Training

 

Companies and individuals come across collaboration and partnership in all of their development phases and all sectors regardless of company size. Our trainings are aimed at adressing the issue of collaboration and partnership from various perspectives (e.g. organizational, managerial, IT, legal, financial, etc.) and for various development and business circumstances (e.g. for purposes of internationalization, for the purpose of developing a new product, for the purpose of sale, etc.).

Our training programmes related to the topic "Collaboration and Partnership" are modular. In addition to the introductory programme, several other individual modules have been developed which cover various types of partnerships and individual aspects of collaboration and partnership approaches.

Training can be undertaken internally to a closed group or in collaboration with partner organizations.

Follow the information on the announced training courses on our WOTRA website and on the Collaborative Knowledge Exchange Hub.

For more information contact us by telephone or via the »Enquiry Form«. 

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About the Author

Irena Rezec, M.Sc., MBA

IR 400x400Irena Rezec is an experienced expert with more than 30 years of experience both in the public as well as in the private sector in Slovenia and abroad. She has gained experience and knowledge in the field of information solutions development, entrepreneurship, European and global business ecosystems, business collaboration and partnership approaches as well as in internationalisation of companies, all by obtaining the University (information systems) and Master's (international management) degree, by managing the Euro Info Cenre in Ljubljana (currently titled Enterprise Europe Network), by cooperating in various working groups in Slovenia and abroad, and within the last 16 years in the role of the Managing Director of the company WOTRA also by implementing a big number of consulting projects and seminars in Slovenia and other countries in the world. For the past 16 years, she has also regularly evaluated EU project proposals (EU H2020, URBACT, and other EU funds) in the fields of ICT and industrial clusters development, and occassionally in the field of urban and rural economic development.

In addition, she was in-depth training in:

  • collaborative relationships and partnership management (Rhythm of Business, OECD, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Flanders);
  • open and systematic innovation (CREAX, ECSB);
  • digital marketing and online sales channels (Amazing);
  • regional economic development (Flemish Government, OECD, InWEnt Germany, Assembly of European regions);
  • quantum techniques (Tadej Pretner);
  • systemic dynamics in organisations - systemic constellations in business (a licensed faciliator certified by the Institute for Systemic Constellations Slovenia in cooperation with Bert Hellinger Institute of the Netherlands).

Among others, she is a member of:

  • Advisory Board of the Cluster House – an umbrella organization of the Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network;
  • TCI Network – The Competitiveness Institute Network;
  • ERENET – Entrepreneurhsip Research and Education Network of Central European Universities.
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