The Competition/Cooperation Pattern signifies a fundamental duality at the systems level. It is one aspect of the more foundational First Order Pattern, Polarity. Competition/Cooperation demonstrates the relationship and interplay between individual striving for supremacy and group collaboration for mutual assistance. The performance gains from competitive dynamics need to be balanced with the synergies of cooperative interactions. The role of Competition/Cooperation is to enhance functionality at the systems level.
The principle of competitive cooperation: the enduring health of any system depends on the appropriate balance and integration competitive striving and cooperative synergies, for a given context.