The Institute for Collaborative Working was established in 1990 by the UK Government and Industry to help organisations, large and small, in both public and private sectors to build and develop more effective business relationships, based on collaborative working good practice.
It promotes and encourages collaborative working and its advantages alongside its membership. It provides access and influence alongside practical guidance and knowledge transfer through a broad range of learning and development opportunities. Its knowledge base is supported by academic research and a portfolio of thought leadership reports and concepts. It's a recognised leader in collaborative working and expert in the international standard for collaboration in business - ISO 44001.
Executive membership comes from Industry (including Aviation, Construction, Defence, IT and Transportation sectors), Government, Academics, as well as other Institutes and Trade Associations. Individual membership demonstrates a commitment to collaboration, with the opportunity to connect people to knowledge and help enhance and develop capability and networks.
The Institute connects a community of progressive, committed, diverse organisations that have similar aspirations and values in relation to collaboration. As part of a community of likeminded organisations, we are connected to a group of positive, proactive organisations that help develop and share best practice and expertise on collaborative business. ICW hold regular Executive & Individual events (In person and online) where members engage, contribute, share and listen. The Institute also connects with organisations on research (primary and secondary) to enhance greater understanding of collaborative working and underpin its methods with quality research. As well as a number of tools, forums and knowledge resources the ICW can directly help members build capability.
Knowledge Sharing & Guidance
The Institute knowledge base is used to provide guidance, tools and support for both the private and public sectors predominantly in the UK but increasingly internationally. The Institute maintains a close association with the British Standards Institution (BSI)
The effective deployment of collaborative working good practice places unique demands on leadership. Working with our affiliates the Institute provides specialist programmes ranging from accrediting internal facilitators through to executive leadership development.
The institute is committed to furthering the development of the collaborative working discipline and the effective utilisation of the discipline through research across a wide range of global industries by way of reports and specialist papers to share the growing base of knowledge throughout the Institute's community and beyond.
Training & Skills
The Institute provides a range of skills development programmes to support organisations implementation of collaborative working both directly and through accredited training partners. These programmes are being progressively augmented by working together with specialist trainers and university partners.
Publications & Tools
The Institute website provides access to a wide range of publications, case studies, reference documents and tools to underpin the development of collaborative working approaches to promote widespread knowledge sharing.
Events & Conferences
Supporting the Institute's primary focus of knowledge sharing the Institute organises a regular series of focused events for Executive Network Members and guests, together with participating in a wide range of public conferences in order to underpin our core value of knowledge transfer.