A new study in Science magazine* provides additional evidence for group genius. My own research with collaborating groups has repeatedly demonstrated that groups manifest emergent properties, that are not reducible to the individual characteristics of the group members; this new study confirms my own findings, using a novel qualitative approach combined with “smart badges” designed… Read More Group Genius and Collective Intelligence
Back in June 2009, I blogged about Bilski v. Doll, a Supreme Court case to determine whether an abstract business process can be patented. In 1997, Bilski and Warsaw applied for a patent on a process to hedge risks in the sale of commodities. The patent examiner rejected the patent application on the grounds that… Read More Supreme Court Decides: Business Processes May Not Be Patentable
We’ve all been watching as the most impressive mine rescue in history took place. We saw pictures of the narrow capsule that barely fit into a tiny tunnel that carried out the miners, one by one. What made this amazing feat possible? Collaboration. And a particular type of collaboration: a collaborative web of technological innovation,… Read More Chilean Miners Saved by Collaboration
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has just released preliminary results of its second annual Business R&D and Innovation Survey, which they call the BRDIS (it has to be one of the least catchy acronyms I’ve ever encountered; the NSF has a history of creating uncatchy acronyms, but this one, unfortunately, makes me think of the… Read More 2010 National Business Innovation
I just read an interesting new study published in The Academy of Management Journal by Christina Shalley, Lucy L. Gilson, and Terry C. Blum.* They were looking for variables that predicted creative performance at work. A lot of previous studies have found that creative personalities score higher on creative work performance (no surprise) and that… Read More Who is most creative at work?