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Ben Waber on New Ways to Track Productivity

How technology can reveal what really makes us innovative.

Date: August 9, 2013

By: Ben Waber

Podcast #: 13-16

Price: Free!


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To increase productivity, how many seats should be at the cafeteria table? Before, the best answer was a guess or simply "who cares?" However, in an increasingly knowledge-work and collaboration-focused world, factors like who you sit with at lunch and who you chat with in the hallway start to matter. Ben Waber has devised a new and possibly controversial system that will keep track of these unofficial meetings that actually lead to greater productivity and innovation.

About the Author(s)

Ben Waber is President and CEO of Sociometric Solutions, a management services firm, and a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab. He has consulted for industry leaders such as LG, McKinsey & Company, and Gartner on technology trends, social networks, and organizational design. He is the author of a new book entitled People Analytics: How Social Sensing Technology Will Transform Business and What It Tells Us About The Future Of Work.


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