Cliques or Cosmopolitans? How Do Social Networks Shape Innovators Fame
What makes innovators famous? Creativity is commonly assumed to be a driver of fame. Another common, albeit more cynical view, is that being connected to powerful people helps people become famous. Mitali Banerjee of HEC Paris and Paul L. Ingram of Columbia Business School provide a more nuanced view. They find that innovators’ fame cannot be explained by their creativity but by having a diverse community of peers. Learn more in this interview with Mitali Banerjee.
How knowledge can stimulate but also impede creativity
An insightful study provides a response to the long-standing question of why people's creativity varies over time. It shows that the ability to generate new ideas is related to knowledge depth, knowledge breadth, and cognitive complexity and flexibility. The prominence of each of these factors varies over time, so fostering creativity depends on adapting stimuli accordingly.