Colleague vs. Partner - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Colleague

    Collegiality is the relationship between colleagues. Colleagues are those explicitly united in a common purpose and respecting each other's abilities to work toward that purpose. A colleague is an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office. Thus, the word collegiality can connote respect for another's commitment to the common purpose and ability to work toward it. In a narrower sense, members of the faculty of a university or college are each other's colleagues; very often the word is taken to mean that. Sometimes colleague is taken to mean a fellow member of the same profession. The word college is sometimes used in a broad sense to mean a group of colleagues united in a common purpose, and used in proper names, such as Electoral College, College of Cardinals, and College of Pontiffs. Sociologists of organizations use the word collegiality in a technical sense, to create a contrast with the concept of bureaucracy. Classical authors such as Max Weber consider collegiality as an organizational device used by autocrats to prevent experts and professionals from challenging monocratic and sometimes arbitrary powers. More recently, authors such as Eliot Freidson (USA), Malcolm Waters (Australia) and Emmanuel Lazega (France) have shown that collegiality can now be understood as a full-fledged organizational form. This is especially useful to account for coordination in knowledge intensive organizations in which interdependent members jointly perform non routine tasks – an increasingly frequent form of coordination in knowledge economies. A specific social discipline comes attached to this organizational form, a discipline described in terms of niche seeking, status competition, lateral control, and power among peers in corporate law partnerships, in dioceses, in scientific laboratories, etc. This view of collegiality is obviously very different from the ideology of collegiality stressing mainly trust and sharing in the collegium.

Wiktionary

  • Colleague (noun)

    A fellow member of a profession, staff, academic faculty or other organization; an associate.

  • Colleague (verb)

    To unite or associate with another or with others.

    "Young Fortinbras,/ Holding a weak supposal of our worth/...Colleagued with the dream of his advantage,/...hath not failed to pester us with message/ Importing the surrender of those lands/Lost by his father. - Hamlet (Act I, Scene 2)"

  • Partner (noun)

    Someone who is associated with another in a common activity or interest.

  • Partner (noun)

    A member of a business or law partnership.

  • Partner (noun)

    A spouse or other person with whom one shares a domestic, romantic or sexual bond.

  • Partner (noun)

    Someone with whom one dances in a two-person dance.

  • Partner (noun)

    One of the pieces of wood comprising the framework which strengthens the deck of a wooden ship around the holes through which the mast and other fittings pass.

  • Partner (noun)

    A group financial arrangement in which each member contributes a set amount of money over a set period.

  • Partner (verb)

    To make or be a partner.

  • Partner (verb)

    To work or perform as a partner.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Partner (noun)

    either of a pair of people engaged together in the same activity

    "she and her dance partner were on the show for seven weeks"

    "the striker looked sharp and eager as Jackson's partner in attack"

    "arrange the children in pairs so that each person has a partner"

  • Partner (noun)

    a person or group that takes part with another or others in doing something

    "he began to call potential coalition partners about forming a new government"

    "Scotland is the rest of the UK's second biggest trading partner"

  • Partner (noun)

    any of a number of individuals with interests and investments in a business or enterprise, among whom expenses, profits, and losses are shared

    "a partner in a prosperous legal practice"

    "a junior partner"

  • Partner (noun)

    either member of a married couple or of an established unmarried couple

    "she lived with her partner"

  • Partner (noun)

    a person with whom one has sex; a lover

    "make sure that you or your partner are using an effective method of contraception"

  • Partner (noun)

    a friendly form of address by one man to another

    "how you doing, partner?"

  • Partner (noun)

    a timber framework secured to and strengthening the deck of a wooden ship around a hole through which a mast, capstan, pump, etc. pass

    "the mast was not chocked at the partners as it should have been"

  • Partner (verb)

    be the partner of

    "young farmers who partnered Isabel to the village dance"

  • Partner (verb)

    associate or work together as partners

    "we've partnered with several venues and organizations to bring fun science events to the city"

Webster Dictionary

  • Colleague (noun)

    A partner or associate in some civil or ecclesiastical office or employment. It is never used of partners in trade or manufactures.

  • Colleague

    To unite or associate with another or with others.

  • Partner (noun)

    One who has a part in anything with an other; a partaker; an associate; a sharer.

  • Partner (noun)

    An associate in any business or occupation; a member of a partnership. See Partnership.

  • Partner (noun)

    A framework of heavy timber surrounding an opening in a deck, to strengthen it for the support of a mast, pump, capstan, or the like.

  • Partner

    To associate, to join.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Colleague (noun)

    an associate you work with

  • Colleague (noun)

    a person who is member of your class or profession;

    "the surgeon consulted his colleagues"

    "he sent e-mail to his fellow hackers"

  • Partner (noun)

    a person's partner in marriage

  • Partner (noun)

    an associate who works with others toward a common goal;

    "partners in crime"

  • Partner (noun)

    a person who is a member of a partnership

  • Partner (verb)

    provide with a partner

  • Partner (verb)

    act as a partner;

    "Astaire partnered Rogers"

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