Shared Minds: The New Technologies of Collaboration

Shared Minds: The New Technologies of Collaboration

by Michael Schrage

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Collaboration is a fundamental yet underappreciated force in business, the arts and sciences, stresses Schrage, columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Most organizations, he observes, lack structures that allow people to pool their talents creatively. In place of the bastardized American notion of ``teamwork,'' he advocates genuine collaborative interaction aided by ``shared spaces'' like blackboards or brainstorming sessions. One chapter demonstrates how shared computer screens can reduce the politics and boredom of corporate meetings. Though he sometimes belabors the obvious, Schrage has written a trailblazing guide to help people in diverse fields move from mere communication to true collaboration. Snippets on such duos as Picasso/Braque, F. Scott Fitzgerald/Maxwell Perkins and Francis Crick/James Watson (co-discoverers of DNA's double helix) throw light on the collaborative process. (Aug.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Business journalist Schrage believes his ideas about collaboration in business, science, and the arts will take managers into the technological future and will replace participatory management ideas espoused by Douglas McGregor in his classic The Human Side of Enterprise (McGraw, 1960; 1985. 25th anniversary ed.). Key elements in the process of collaboration are a group of no more than 12 diverse individuals who have expertise to share; a ``shared space'' where ideas can be displayed as a kind of common property; and a tangible product (rough draft, report, long-range plan) ready by the end of the collaboration session which all participants can take away with them. Much of this might just as effectively have been presented as a long magazine article; however, libraries will find this fills a unique niche in their business collections.-- Laurie Tynan, Montgomery Cty.-Norristown P.L., Pa.

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