Distributed Problem-Solving Networks: An Introduction and Overview

8 Pages Posted: 30 May 2009

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Michael Chui

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

Brad Johnson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

James Manyika

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 29, 2009

Abstract

With a wealth of real-world examples of distributed problem-solving spanning business and other areas of endeavor, McKinsey & Company and the Oxford Internet Institute embarked on a six-month joint research program to study this phenomenon in detail. This project explored the parameters of distributed problem-solving networks, identified key factors in their performance, and examined specific case studies in a wide range of fields. The detailed research in the published papers captures in-depth findings from studying many different cases of distributed problem-solving. Looking across this research, this paper synthesizes observations on: 1. the broad applicability of distributed problem-solving, 2. how value can be captured in distributed problem-solving networks, and 3. conditions of success for distributed problem-solving networks.

Suggested Citation

Chui, Michael and Johnson, Brad and Manyika, James, Distributed Problem-Solving Networks: An Introduction and Overview (May 29, 2009). OII Working Paper No. 18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1411739 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1411739

Michael Chui (Contact Author)

Bank for International Settlements (BIS) ( email )

Centralbahnplatz 2
Basel, Basel-Stadt 4002
Switzerland

Brad Johnson

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

James Manyika

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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