One of my colleagues from the sociology department joined me the other day for lunch. We started talking about our research projects. Now you wouldn’t think that a management professor and a sociology professor would have much research in common. But it turns out that we were able to point each other in new directions for our respective research, sharing useful journal articles. Because knowledge is housed in separate disciplines, it’s unlikely we would have found it individually.
The moral of the story is that you never know where you can collaborate. Sometimes the most useful information can come from the most unexpected places. We just have to be open to the idea that knowledge can reside with many people. Just as the research demonstrates that we aren’t great at predicting future events, we often aren’t great at predicting who can help us learn.
Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarden, including sharing.