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Competition: Road to victory or collision course for disaster?

Walter E. Johnson(walter.johnson@inova.org) is Assistant Privacy Officer at Inova in Falls Church, Virginia and an Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).

One of the benefits of competition is that it drives innovation that benefits clients and industry as a whole.[1] Competition occurs on many levels, and its complexity may or may not produce the desired outcome. When the competition is between organizations, ideally the environment is saturated with team synergy and a thriving morale dedicated to becoming the market leader. Of course, this is not always the case. Internal competition among individuals or business units can drive or derail the desired results.

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