Provide R&D departments with fresh perspectives by deploying temporary teams of generalist ideators
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- A service that gets R&D departments unstuck and their ideas flowing again.
- Research and development departments usually consist of experts that are highly trained in the company's narrow field of interest. This means that people there are likely to share the same knowledge and base assumptions. When the progress stalls, it's not easy to restart it.
- Spending every day on the same team, tackling the same problems, does not foster creativity. This results in diminishing returns.
- Creative people are likely to get fresh ideas after being exposed to fresh concepts, experiences, and information that enables new connections to be made. What better way to achieve this than to bring in a bunch of highly talented generalist problem solvers that might not even know each other.
- A way for freelance ideators to make a living.
- The knowledge of Nobel Prize winners spans a substantially greater number of subjects than that of their less-successful peers. More different concepts one is capable of drawing upon, the higher their likelihood of achieving a breakthrough. The idea helps make this happen through collaboration.
- Provide a place where talented problem solves can sharpen and demonstrate their skills. A place with a good rating system where quality ideators can emerge.
- Provide a way for the problem solvers to be hired as freelancers for temporary jobs.
- Provide a service where companies with specialized research and development departments can outsource help from a temporary team of generalist ideators on a short notice.
- Upon getting a request for a team, assemble it from high-ranking ideators that are available within the area or willing to travel on a short notice.
- Continue to work alongside the R&D department's in-house team. Research and do whatever they can to help.
- Be disbanded and replaced by a team of different ideators who try again. Repeat as many times as financially feasible. This could be a small price to pay for an eventual breakthrough.
- Cancel the operation.
Michele Root-Bernstein & Robert Root-Bernstein (2022) Polymathy Among Nobel Laureates As a Creative Strategy— The Qualitative and Phenomenological Evidence, Creativity Research Journal, DOI: 10.1080/10400419.2022.2051294