The New York Times: “Do Chance Meetings at the Office Boost Innovation? There’s No Evidence of It.” (Judith Olson quoted)

June 23, 2021

At the same time, technology — like Zoom, Slack and Google Docs — has made idea generation as effective online, researchers said. Judith Olson, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Irvine, has studied the effect of distance on teamwork for three decades. Distance matters much less now, she said: “Because of the technology these days, we’re actually inching closer and closer to replicating the office.”

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