Workplace cooperation is generally considered a good thing. The production of The Economist is a collaborative process. A team of editors removes the most serious jokes before this column puts it in print. All authors sign a “gag” clause. (How did it go? Ed.)
Companies value cooperation. According to the latest Financial Times survey, employers of MBA graduates expect to be able to work in teams, to work with different people and to create, maintain and develop a network of people, three of the five most important Skills is manager research. Practical qualifications such as accounting, programming and applied microeconomics were among the least desirable characteristics.