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Dirk Deichmann, Assistant Professor at the Department of Technology and Operations Management at RSM and his research partner Michael Jensen have done research to find if it is more effective to work in teams or to work alone. In their research they conclude that teams are more effective in generating ideas, but that some people prefer to work alone because they find the costs of teams too high. Moreover, they are not willing to share any rewards. However, Deichmann says: “Our research suggested that when people come up with radical ideas, they are more willing to work in a team to ensure access to more resources, knowledge and skills. For less radical ideas, people are more likely to develop them alone because working in teams means increased co-ordination and more effort, which is a disadvantage. However, this can be a costly mistake because working without a team decreases the likelihood of developing a successful idea – no matter what type of idea is being developed.”


  • Dirk Deichmann
    Role: Faculty
    Reference type: Referenced

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