Collaboration among disparate groups of “experts” can often spark innovation and need to novel, well-developed solutions. We know this because many of today’s most successful businesses and organizations are breaking down cubicles and consolidating office spaces to force employees to interact. It seems that academia is now catching on.
Just last week, the New York Times published an insightful article about how many universities are creating multi-disciplinary centers and institutes around issues related to global warming. These institutions are realizing that business students have as much to say (and learn) about the topic as engineering or science students, and are helping break down the walls for the sake of collaboration. From the article:
“…more universities are setting up stand-alone centers that offer neutral ground on which engineering students can work on alternative fuels while business students calculate the economics of those fuels and political science majors figure how to make the fuels palatable to governments in both developing nations and America’s states… Commercialization takes forever if the chemical engineers and the business types do not coordinate…so think how much easier it will be for chemistry graduates to work inside a company if they already know how to interact with the business side.”
Read more at the New York Times online.