Better off alone

25 January 2012
In the latest issue, SM looked at some techniques to improve innovation when trying to come up with ideas as a team. But recently published research suggests you might be better off working out problems on your own, rather than involving your colleagues.

A study from Virginia Tech university in the US found working in a group can collectively lower the IQs of participants. Individuals with similar IQs performed less well in a group at solving tasks against a benchmark. It attributes this weaker performance to the social element of being in a group.

The researchers considered the effect this sort of behaviour could have on members of a jury, as an example. But what about the small group dynamics involved when part of a negotiation team? It would be interesting to see whether individuals or teams are able to achieve a better result. What do you think?
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