New research out of Harvard Business School has some interesting, and at first, seemingly counter-intuitive, implications for the way we coordinate problem solving with others.
In short, it may help to organize ourselves quite differently for information gathering and for solution generation. Both are important for problem solving, and yet, if we use the same kind of organizational structure for both, we may reduce the diversity of potential solutions from which to choose.
This is network science put to good use. I’ve kept this write-up short and succinct (a two-minute read), but it includes a link to the actual paper for more details.
#networks #collaboration #problemsolving
Special thanks to Chris Sutton and David Amerland for first calling my attention to this study here on Google+ (just one more example, by the way, of the network’s superior ability to discover new information).