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Experiments in Open Innovation at Harvard Medical School

What happens when an academic institution rethinks how research gets done? In an experiment in open innovation applied to scientific research, Harvard Catalyst, a pan-Harvard agency, modified the traditional grant proposal process to bring greater openness into every stage of research. In the end, 150 new hypotheses were proposed. The Harvard Catalyst experience suggests that open-innovation principles can be applied to a well-established research organization.

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What Makes Teams Smart

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What makes some groups perform better than others? A new study published in Science  found that three factors were significantly correlated with a group's collective intelligence -- in other words, its ability to perform a variety of tasks collectively, from solving puzzles to negotiating.

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