When people think about manufacturing, they probably imagine huge factories full of huge equipment cranking out huge numbers of products. But the truth is that over time, manufacturing has become very specialized. These days, most companies only manufacture a few parts on their own and outsource the rest, then do final assembly in-house. As long as all of the suppliers deliver the right parts, and deliver them on schedule, this new arrangement is quicker and more cost-effective. It also sounds a lot like collaboration, but is it?