The Collective Intelligence of Teams

Anita Williams Woolley, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior & Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, gives a brief summary of the findings of her research into the Collective Intelligence of Teams.  Key findings include:

  • Some groups show success at completing a wide variety of tasks, or high collective intelligence.
  • Little correlation between intelligence of the members of the group and the collective intelligence.
  • Direct correlation between the effectiveness of the group and their social sensitivity.
  • Groups with a higher proportion of women seemed to exhibit more collective intelligence, but this was attributed to the generally higher social sensitivity of women.
  • Key predictor of success in new tasks was conversational turn-taking.  Groups dominated by one or two personalities did not exhibit as high a collective intelligence.

Just five minutes, and completely safe for work.  Thanks to Samad Aidane, for mentioning Dr. Woolley’s work in his seminar on the Neuroscience of Leadership.

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About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources (GPHR and SPHR) and in benefits administration (CEBS). In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.