The Increasing Dominance of Teams in the Production of Knowledge

Science, Vol. 316, pp. 1036-1039, 2007

Posted: 5 Dec 2008

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Stefan Wuchty

Northwestern University

Benjamin F. Jones

Northwestern University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Brian Uzzi

Northwestern University

Date Written: May 18, 2007

Abstract

We have used 19.9 million papers over 5 decades and 2.1 million patents to demonstrate that teams increasingly dominate solo authors in the production of knowledge. Research is increasingly done in teams across virtually all fields. Teams typically produce more highly cited research than individuals do, and this advantage is increasing over time. Teams now also produce the exceptionally high impact research, even where that distinction was once the domain of solo authors. These results are detailed for the sciences and engineering, social sciences, arts and humanities, and patents, suggesting that the process of knowledge creation has fundamentally changed.

Suggested Citation

Wuchty, Stefan and Jones, Benjamin F. and Uzzi, Brian, The Increasing Dominance of Teams in the Production of Knowledge (May 18, 2007). Science, Vol. 316, pp. 1036-1039, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1309819

Stefan Wuchty

Northwestern University ( email )

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Benjamin F. Jones (Contact Author)

Northwestern University ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Brian Uzzi

Northwestern University ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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