Coolfarming – Lessons from the Beehive to Increase Organizational Creativity

21 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2014 Last revised: 31 Dec 2014

Peter A. Gloor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Peter Margolis

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Michael Seid

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

George Dellal

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Date Written: July 1, 2014

Abstract

This paper introduces Collaborative Innovation Networks as an engine for self-organizing disruptive innovation. It is illustrated by the metaphor of the bee swarm through four lessons from the beehive: “centralized leadership – rotating leaders – waggle dance – attraction pheromone” as key principles for managing self-organizing teams of creators. In combination with applying social network analysis through knowledge flow optimization, managers get a powerful new tool to radically increase creativity and performance of their organizations. Among many well-known examples (LEGO Mindstorms, Apple, Wikipedia), the paper also introduces an extensive case study in health are, the C3N project which creates Collaborative Care Networks for patients of chronic diseases.

Keywords: COIN, Collaborative Innovation Network, Coolfarming

JEL Classification: M14, I18, L22

Suggested Citation

Gloor, Peter A. and Margolis, Peter and Seid, Michael and Dellal, George, Coolfarming – Lessons from the Beehive to Increase Organizational Creativity (July 1, 2014). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 5123-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2461532 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2461532

Peter A. Gloor (Contact Author)

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Peter Margolis

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Michael Seid

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center ( email )

3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229
United States

George Dellal

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center ( email )

3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229
United States

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