Making sense of the collective intelligence field: A review

The problem we want to solve is to find out what is new in the collective intelligence literature and how it is to be understood alongside other social science disciplines. The reason it is important is that collective intelligence and problems of collaboration seem familiar in the social sciences but do not necessarily fit into any of the established disciplines. Also, collective intelligence is often associated with the notion of wisdom of crowds, which demands scrutiny. From the perspective of Intelligence Studies we have to ask how it differs from the body of literature under Social Intelligence.  

Key Take-Aways

Learn how and why managers should exchange current business models built on static and linear thinking with the dynamics of social systems

  • the notion of the wisdom of crowds is misleading
  • interdisciplinarity is a counterreaction to overspecialization, a method that went wrong
  • the collective intelligence field is a good example of how the social sciences can make progress when it builds on the study of biology

Speaker profiles

Prof. Dr. Klaus Solberg Søilen is Professor at Halmstad University in Sweden and at the Nordic International Management Institute(NIMI) in Chengdu, China. He is the editor-in-chief of Journal of Intelligence Studies in business (JISIB), the associate editor of International Journal of Innovation Science (IJIS) and has written more than half a dozen books. Before entering academia he worked for ten years in industry, in the US, Europe and Scandinavia, the last three years as auditor for KPMG Oslo. He has been a consultant to more than 60 companies world wide.