21 Sep '12, 6pm

Right Person, Right Place: Inventing and implementing new ideas require different networks

Right Person, Right Place: Inventing and implementing new ideas require different networks

According to an analysis of network studies by John Steen of the University of Queensland, Australia, and Sam MacAulay of Imperial College London, major advances occur in two distinct phases. First, there’s the idea phase—the “Eureka!” moment. Second, there’s the implementation phase, when the revolutionary idea is packaged for the world at large. Each phase requires a different type of social network, and so the best people for the first phase are rarely well placed to pull off the second as well—except in rare cases, such as with Presley and Wedgwood.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/innovation/right-person-...

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