The wisdom of crowds : why the many are smarter than the few and how collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies, and nations /

In this book, New Yorker columnist Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant--better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future. This...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Surowiecki, James, 1967-
Format: Book
Published: New York : Doubleday, 2004
Edition:1st ed
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Table of Contents:
  • The wisdom of crowds
  • The difference difference makes : waggle dances, the Bay of Pigs, and the value of diversity
  • Monkey see, monkey do : imitation, information cascades, and independence
  • Putting the pieces together : the CIA, Linux, and the art of decentralization
  • Shall we dance? : coordination in a complex world
  • Society does exist : taxes, tipping, television, and trust
  • Traffic : what we have here is a failure to coordinate
  • Science : collaboration, competition, and reputation
  • Committees, juries, and teams : the Columbia disaster and how small groups can be made to work
  • The company : meet the new boss, same as the old boss?
  • Markets : beauty contests, bowling alleys, and stock prices
  • Democracy : dreams of the common good