How collaboration works and how to make it work better.

To better understand group collaboration, Dr. Sawyer has studied super-creative groups like jazz bands and improv theater groups. He has extended this research to studies of everyday collaborations—like business teams and student groups in classrooms. This interdisciplinary research is the topic of his 2003 scholarly book Group Creativity: Music, Theater, Collaboration.

In 2007, Dr. Sawyer published a business book based on this research, Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration. In Group Genius, Dr. Sawyer shows that all creativity is grounded in collaboration, even when you’re alone. Group Genius shows leaders how to manage creative teams and how to build innovative organizations.