Teams shows individual members talk to each other often are more effective than those whose mode of communication runs through the boss.
So says an MIT researcher who has studied patterns of industrial communication for the past decade. What Dr. Sandy Pentland has found is that the pattern of communication is more important than the specific talents of the individual team members. In other words, a team that communicates well is greater than the sum of its parts, while the team that rigidly adheres to old school ways of sharing information will fall short.
The analogy is a beehive, where the swarm actually is able to transfer data faster and in more usable bits than alternate systems can achieve. This fosters creativity and speeds idea innovation, Pentland’s research found.
In his article for Harvard Business Review called “What’s Wrong With America’s Innovation Policies,” Bruce Nussbaum talks about China’s “Fast Follower” innovation policy and how it’s a combination of state-driven policies that:
require Western companies to partner with Chinese firms to do business
demand transfer of the latest technologies in exchange for access to markets
favoring “indigenous innovation” in government purchasing; fencing off green and other industries from foreign competition
offering low-interest state-bank loans to local champions
Well, China has now repealed the technology policy that favored Chinese producers in government purchases of computers and other tech goods. The policy was at odds with World Trade policies but was in place for a long time anyway. This announcement from the Chinese Finance Ministry is the second time in a month that Beijing repealed a technology policy after complaints by its trading partners.
The Associated Press is now reporting that a brief ministry statement late Wednesday June 29 said the Chinese government would no longer enforce procurement rules that are part of a decade-old “indigenous innovation” campaign to spur domestic technology development.
“This repeal represents a forward step toward leveling the playing field in the government procurement market in China,” said Davide Cucino, president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, in a written response to questions, as quoted in Product Design and Development.
Still, a great place to be in regards to profiting from China’s economic surge is, interestingly, in Education. Parents sending their children to study in the U.S. is an insurance policy that many Chinese these days are purchasing. While the trade playing field appears to be leveling on one hand, some argue that China is edging closer to a police state type of nation — leaving the educated, competent and savvy once again looking Westward for quality of life.