The Power of Diversity over Large Solution Spaces

LiCalzi M, Sürücü O (2012)
Management Science 58(7): 1408-1421.

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We consider a team of agents with limited problem-solving ability facing a disjunctive task over a large solution space. We provide sufficient conditions for the following four statements. First, two heads are better than one: a team of two agents will solve the problem even if neither agent alone would be able to. Second, teaming up does not guarantee success: if the agents are not sufficiently creative, even a team of arbitrary size may fail to solve the problem. Third, defendit numerus: when the agent's problem-solving ability is adversely affected by the complexity of the solution space, the solution of the problem requires only a mild increase in the size of the team. Fourth, groupthink impairs the power of diversity: if agents' abilities are positively correlated, a larger team is necessary to solve the problem.
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LiCalzi M, Sürücü O. The Power of Diversity over Large Solution Spaces. Management Science. 2012;58(7):1408-1421.
LiCalzi, M., & Sürücü, O. (2012). The Power of Diversity over Large Solution Spaces. Management Science, 58(7), 1408-1421.
LiCalzi, M., and Sürücü, O. (2012). The Power of Diversity over Large Solution Spaces. Management Science 58, 1408-1421.
LiCalzi, M., & Sürücü, O., 2012. The Power of Diversity over Large Solution Spaces. Management Science, 58(7), p 1408-1421.
M. LiCalzi and O. Sürücü, “The Power of Diversity over Large Solution Spaces”, Management Science, vol. 58, 2012, pp. 1408-1421.
LiCalzi, M., Sürücü, O.: The Power of Diversity over Large Solution Spaces. Management Science. 58, 1408-1421 (2012).
LiCalzi, Marco, and Sürücü, Oktay. “The Power of Diversity over Large Solution Spaces”. Management Science 58.7 (2012): 1408-1421.
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