I am very interested in the relationship between collaboration and creativity. I currently have two working papers on this topic. While the first focuses on group size, the second examines the impact of group diversity on creative performance. You can find the first paper’s abstract below or download the latest draft here. Please contact me if you are curious about the second.
Exploring Tradeoffs in the Organization of Scientific Work: Collaboration and Scientific Reward (with Fiona Murray and Joshua Gans) (2nd round Revise & Resubmit at Management Science)
Abstract: When do scientists and other knowledge workers organize into collaborative teams and why do they do so for some projects and not others? At the core of this important organizational choice is, we argue, a tradeoff between the productive efficiency of collaboration and the credit allocation that arises after the completion of collaborative work. In this paper, we explore this tradeoff by developing a model to structure our understanding of the factors shaping researcher collaborative choices in particular the implicit allocation of credit among participants in scientific projects. We then use the annual research activity of 661 faculty scientists at one institution over a 30-year period to explore the tradeoff between collaboration and reward at the individual faculty level and to infer critical parameters in the organization of scientific work.