Collaborative Case Study: Star Trek Voyager's Alliance in “The Void.” Erol Gokcedag
Western International University
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Collaborative Case Study: Star Trek Voyager's Alliance in “The Void.” Collaboration among multinationals has become a gateway toward long-term sustainability and innovation. Within a dynamic global marketplace, an organization that insists on safeguarding its ideas and values from the competition will become obsolete. To remain abreast of the latest challenges and developments, multinational organizations have realized that “[e]ngaging in long-term mortal combat leaves companies financially and intellectually depleted and vulnerable to the next wave of competition and innovation (Bleeke & Ernst, 1994, p. 1-7). In other words, the complexity of global commerce has created a common purpose among the various major economic players. Those who want to prevail against the void of natural disasters, population explosion, and the concomitant degradation of human rights and the environment must band into functional alliances to share insights, resources, and technologies. Such a contemporary description of global business affairs can become illustrative of futuristic cases that further give testimony and witness to the importance of inter-organizational alliances for the purpose of overcoming shared problems and predicaments. In the episode “The Void,” from the well-known Star Trek: Voyager series, the star ship is abruptly pulled into a gravitational anomaly that traps them inside a dark region separate from the stars and regular space travel. Promptly, an oncoming vessel, similarly marooned inside this region, attacks Voyager, beaming important supplies and equipment away from Voyager to the enemy ship. The commander of the alien vessel hails Voyager's Captain Janeway, introducing himself as General Valen who heads a pack of pirates, seeking to rob each and every ship that
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enters the void of its means of survival. Through such unethical leadership, he seeks to coerce these ships to join his predatory alliance that may arguably sustain the ships inside the void but offers absolutely no means of escape. General Valen is intrigued by Voyager's photon torpedoes, wanting to force a trade for essential sustenance without which the crew members inside the void are doomed to perish. Janeway rejects his offer, fearing that her powerful weapons will pass into the wrong hands.
Voyager's commanding crew proceed to devise a plan of their own to hypothetically escape from the clutches of the void. The salvaged Borg female Seven discovers that Voyager could, at great speed and elaborate timing, propel itself through one of the many funnels that pulls matter into the void, but at the same time may also offer an aperture of release. Janeway's crew aboard Voyager attempts an escape according to Seven's plan, yet the ship is merely hurled back into the void at the crucial point of shifting into warp-speed to break from the dense gravitational field.
Confronted with dwindling resources, Janeway next hails one of the ships belonging to General Valen's fleet of pirates. She finds the ship has been abandoned and pillaged of its goods and materials. They do find within the abandoned enemy ship a substance, dismissed by the pirates, belonging to the warp engine that would convert to an energy source. Also, they find within the dismantled warp core, an alien creature native to the void that survives with its fellows by hijacking upon the beaming process by which goods are pirated off the various ships. Janeway continues to thwart General Valen's offer to join his pack of pirates, reasoning that such a move would entirely break with star-fleet protocol, while at the same time indefinitely stranding them inside this dark, unfathomable void. She decides, instead, to form her