By Massimo Magni – Associate professor in the Department of Management and Technology at Bocconi University, and professor of leadership and managerial development at SDA Bocconi School of Management and Likoebe Maruping – Associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University
Digital collaboration platforms provide innovation opportunities for diverse and distributed teams.
In business, difficult problems mean companies need diverse expertise to innovate and problem solve. Take the biomedical engineering company EpiBone. Facing complex problems such as bone reconstruction and implantation, the company relies on knowledge from a diverse disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs. CEO Nina Tandon describes how this diverse collaboration has put the company at the frontier of bone reconstruction: “We take two things from the patient: a tridimensional X-ray, and a sample of fat tissue so that we can extract stem cells out of it. We use these stem cells to fabricate a living bone on the basis of the data coming from the X-ray. After three weeks, we have a bone ready for implantation.”