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Monday question: Will IBM live longer than Rome?

Cities and companies are both forms of social organization, we organize ourselves in corporations and we organize ourselves in cities. In his recent book, Imagine (2012) Jonah Lehrer recounts some really interesting research on one of the major differences between these two forms of organization. The research in question is on creativity and life spans. It turns out that the creativity in a city – measured in different ways – grows with the size and the concentration of the city. For a company the opposite is the case – as a company adds 10 000 employees a significant reduction in …continue reading