Lone Inventors as Source of Breakthroughs: Myth or Reality?

  title={Lone Inventors as Source of Breakthroughs: Myth or Reality?},
  author={Jasjit Singh and Lee Fleming},
  journal={Entrepreneurship \& Economics eJournal},
Are lone inventors more or less likely to invent breakthroughs? Recent research has attempted to resolve this question by considering the variance of creative outcome distributions. It has implicitly assumed a symmetric thickening or thinning of both tails, i.e., that a greater probability of breakthroughs comes at the cost of a greater probability of failures. In contrast, we propose that collaboration can have opposite effects at the two extremes: it reduces the probability of very poor… 

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