MIT/Sloan Management Review reports on a new study on group collective intelligence. The study reports 3 factors are significantly correlated with a group's collective intelligence:
- the average social sensitivity of the members of the group
- the extent to which the group’s conversations weren’t dominated by a few members
- the percentage of women in the group
Key quote from the article:
"... groups perform better on tasks if the members have strong social skills, if there are some women in the group, and if the conversation reflects more group members’ ideas."
The importance of having women in a team comes from their higher (average) social sensitivity scores. The study looked at teams with 2-5 members.
Coworking facilities are increasingly places where teams are formed. The more we know about team dynamics and effectiveness, the more likely teams will be successful.