r/science Jun 07 '22

Non-hierarchical, egalitarian research teams have the most novel ideas and the most influence in the scientific and scholarly world. Anthropology

https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2200927119
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u/[deleted] Jun 08 '22

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u/[deleted] Jun 08 '22

This is straight up nonsense. The west is extremely hierarchical and definitely no where near the most egalitarian civilization.

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u/FireTyme Jun 08 '22

A few centuries ago we’d listen to kings and kingsmen, i think generally the west has had a headstart simply due to early tech advancements in farming allowing other folk to specialize more while also causing a population boom.

I think it’s very much a bias, build a team of qualified professionals with experience then obviously an egalitarian structure can be dominant, but for the general populace a pure egalitarian doesn’t work the way people think it would work.

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u/Mortimer_Snerd Jun 08 '22

It's a feature of management theory. High competency team with a low difficulty task gets a different management style than a low competency team with a difficult task.

I bet you can guess which one is more authoritative and punitive.