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Ethan Bernstein of Harvard Business School professor follows up on his original research to look at why the arrangement hurts collaboration, and what can be done about it.

Harvard Business Review: Nov 12, 2019

Why open offices hurt collaboration and what can be done about it
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Today, people are spending over half of their day working with others, according to a Steelcase study. Collaboration is conducive to creating better ideas and increasing overall quality of work. In fact, executive leaders are convinced: 93% of them believe it’s essential to successful idea generation.

Despite the positive stance on collaboration, there are corporate barriers affecting not just employees’ work experience, but also output

Fortune: Oct 28, 2019

4 Collaboration Barriers—And How To Overcome Them
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Organizations can see boxes and lines on the org chart, but those fail to account for many actual teams. Most work is teamwork, but about half the teams where it happens are invisible to companies.

Harvard Business Review: October 2, 2019

Where Companies Go Wrong with Learning and Development
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Like distributed computing, it has turned out that for most of human history coordinating among humans has been a slow, intractable, sisyphean effort. In the last few decades we have seen tremendous technical breakthroughs in the latencies and tooling possible to remove these constraints. Across the world, whether in productivity apps or in national governance, there will be a transition period as our norms and processes adapt to this tightening of the collaboration feedback loop.

kwokchain: August 16, 2019

The Arc of Collaboration
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In the age of climate emergency and a rapidly heating world, a low-carbon footprint has been a part of the business zeitgeist as companies try to reduce their impacts on the environment (or at least be perceived as doing so). When it comes to air travel, however, this reduction means a different way of thinking about face to face time at conferences, meetings and other traditional spaces to network and meet with customers and peers.​

Forbes: July 24, 2019

What The Low Carbon Footprint, Flight-Free Movement Means For Business Travel
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Organizations can see boxes and lines on the org chart, but those fail to account for many actual teams. Most work is teamwork, but about half the teams where it happens are invisible to companies.​

Harvard Business Review: May 14, 2019

Unlocking the power of hidden teams
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W.L. Gore, the classic American innovator, is building artificial corneas, and reinventing itself in the process.​

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: May 9, 2019

How do lean cohorts drive innovation at Gore-Tex?
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It's time to move beyond traditional approaches to executive education. To successfully meet the challenges of today's business world, organizations and the individuals who steer them should take more advantage of online learning resources and opportunities.

Harvard Business Review: March-April, 2019

How do we educate the next generation of leaders?
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It was nearly unanimous that teamwork is crucial (97%) and helps generate better ideas (93%). The global findings revealed barriers workers face to successful collaboration include lack of access to the right people, lack of access to information, outdated technology and rampant distractions.​

Steelcase 360: Issue 75

What enables great workplace collaboration?
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L.A.-based startup Imbellus plans to upset the SAT and ACT’s monopoly with a test it says accurately gauges critical thinking.​

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: March 19, 2019

What if instead of taking the SAT you could play a video game?
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Thanks to new technologies that enable frequent, low-friction, customized digital interactions, companies today are building much deeper ties with customers than ever before. Instead of waiting for customers to come to them, firms are addressing customers’ needs the moment they arise—and sometimes even earlier. 

Harvard Business Review: May-June, 2019

How do you get value from continuous customer connectivity?
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The tradition of doing business in person – attending meetings, closing company deals over a handshake or meeting a potential customer for lunch – can be a burden not just to jet-lagged business travellers themselves, but to the environment.​​

Raconteur: May 30, 2018

Reducing corporate carbon footprint