After reviewing the results of an employee innovation programme at a major European corporation, my colleague Michael Jensen and I came to two conclusions.
First, people often prefer to come up with ideas alone.
Second, this tends to be a mistake.

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Note This article draws its inspiration from the paper I can do that alone…or not? How idea generators juggle between the pros and cons of teamwork, written by Dirk Deichmann and Michael Jensen, and published in Strategic Management Journal, 39 (2), 458-475. DOI:
Deichmann, D. (2018). Innovation is a team sport. RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 34(2), 12–14. Retrieved from