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have we entered the era of the genius team rather than the individual genius

in an essay that i have submitted on trandsdisciplinary collaboration and how to train professionals for future work- it seems to me that in many domains we are now dominated by collaborative work ( less than 10% of all scientific papers today have only one author).

 

one of the obstacles is that our educational systems are built around the idea of the individual genius- and not a group of people who display genius

 

i have one group of three MA students working on a project together- its a true collaboration- but only one project output-

the university only knows how to give diplomas to individuals not to teams- an obstacle is the university plagiarism rules

which would make each of the students plagiarists of the other two !

 

how could one award PhDs or small teams not to individuals

 

maybe this is being done in other contexts already ?

 

roger

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