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date: 30 May 2020

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People find themselves working, or collaborating, with others at every turn in their daily affairs—in preparing meals, playing games, transacting business, gossiping, and even walking down crowded streets. In joint activities like these, people have shared goals they can accomplish only by establishing agreements or joint commitments about who is to do what when. Evidence shows that people reach these agreements in pairs of actions in which one person proposes a joint action or position and another agrees to it. People use these pairs both alone and in combination to reach agreements on the goals, subgoals, and timing of their joint activities as they go along. Thus, it takes coordination to work together, but that in itself takes communication.

Keywords: Collaboration, joint commitments, agreements, working together, communication

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