There are many advantages and disadvantages in collaborative writing. Three advantages that come to mind are having a wider knowledge base. Teams of experts have a wider base of knowledge than a single writer.
There is a wider range of expertise. Collaboration offers a wider range of expertise and skills that one writer may possess.
Divergent opinions play a factor in the advantages of collaborative writing by the group offering divergent opinions, raise more questions, and point out more problem areas than a single writer. There are a few more advantages in collaborative writing such as; wider responsibilities and respect for co-workers.
I have mentioned the advantages of collaborative writing, but along with advantages, there are also disadvantages.
Some of the disadvantages may be workload disparities. The workload may have disparities and some people may have to work harder than others that will lead to resentment that will need to be addressed and mollified.
Interpersonal conflict follows the disadvantages by the group emphasizing on getting along together rather than being critical of other’s opinions or concentrating clearly.
Longer project duration applies due to the conflicts, problems, disparities, and disparities that are caused from the workload.
Gender/multicultural misunderstandings may arise if inadequate measures are present. This would be another reason for possible conflict and should be avoided.
Lack of appreciation for a project comes into play when all the disadvantages are present in a project and could lead to poor standings in a completed project, rendering it to be negative by being unclear and poorly written. The advantages and disadvantages of collaborative writing can be taken as lessons of what to expect out of a project and can be extremely helpful if the guidelines are followed