I sometimes wonder about the competition angle between companies. I think the worst case of competition between companies often happens in the tech circuit where resources, ideas, and people are at a premium. I’ve seen it a couple of different times, most recently in the news media arena. But this recent occurrence almost made me laugh out loud.
I was informed by a friend that the two media outlets competing so heavily against each other and working to be the first to release a story and gain the most readers were in fact owned by the same company. That's right, this competition was a company fighting with itself.
I would suspect this is a more common situation then I first thought just by the nature of acquisitions. Many companies will buy out their completion as they seek to dominate a particular market. The take away message here is the importance of merging competing assets within a company. I wonder how successful this media company would be if they were to successfully merge their two divisions and work together!