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Shared minds : the new technologies of collaboration
Schrage, Michael.
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New York : Random House, 1990.
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xxv, 227 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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P90 .S363 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Writing about creativity is necessarily abstract and theoretical because the creative process itself is both abstract and elusive. Collaboration, or the group creative process, is similarly difficult to describe, but analysis can focus on specific interaction among group members. Now, Schrage, a popular writer specializing in technology and business, brings a new dimension to the study of creativity and innovation by illustrating how new computer technologies such as computer models and simulation, sophisticated spreadsheet data manipulation, electronic "chalkboards," and networking can facilitate and enhance collaborative effort. He particularly emphasizes the ability of electronic communications to bring together people of differing disciplines and backgrounds and in disparate physical locations. Schrage also emphasizes that although computers can enhance collaboration, it is still up to humans to initiate it. Written after Schrage spent a year as visiting scholar at MIT's Media Lab, Shared Minds is full of intriguing, fresh insights and ideas. No index. --David Rouse

Publisher's Weekly Review

Collaboration is a fundamental yet underappreciated force in business, the arts and sciences, stresses Schrage, columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Most organizations, he observes, lack structures that allow people to pool their talents creatively. In place of the bastardized American notion of ``teamwork,'' he advocates genuine collaborative interaction aided by ``shared spaces'' like blackboards or brainstorming sessions. One chapter demonstrates how shared computer screens can reduce the politics and boredom of corporate meetings. Though he sometimes belabors the obvious, Schrage has written a trailblazing guide to help people in diverse fields move from mere communication to true collaboration. Snippets on such duos as Picasso/Braque, F. Scott Fitzgerald/Maxwell Perkins and Francis Crick/James Watson (co-discoverers of DNA's double helix) throw light on the collaborative process. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Business journalist Schrage believes his ideas about collaboration in business, science, and the arts will take managers into the technological future and will replace participatory management ideas espoused by Douglas McGregor in his classic The Human Side of Enterprise (McGraw, 1960; 1985. 25th anniversary ed.). Key elements in the process of collaboration are a group of no more than 12 diverse individuals who have expertise to share; a ``shared space'' where ideas can be displayed as a kind of common property; and a tangible product (rough draft, report, long-range plan) ready by the end of the collaboration session which all participants can take away with them. Much of this might just as effectively have been presented as a long magazine article; however, libraries will find this fills a unique niche in their business collections.-- Laurie Tynan, Montgomery Cty.-Norristown P.L., Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.