John Hagel and John Seely Brown on the collaboration curve
a new kind of performance curve is emerging: the collaboration curve. This is characterized by increasing returns: the more participants — and interactions between those participants — you add to a carefully designed and nurtured environment, the more the rate of performance improvement accelerates.
The collaboration curve helps explain the rise of network-centric efforts ranging from open source software development to « crowdsourcing » to « creation spaces. » In nearly all of these group efforts, rapid leaps in performance improvement arise as participants get better faster by working with others.
John Hagel III and John Seely Brown, Six Fundamental Shifts in the Way We Work, Harvard Business Review, Blogs, 17 August 2010.