Lynda Gratton

Cooperation and Innovation

How can innovation and collaboration flourish?

I’m fascinated by the role of cooperation in innovation. For over a decade this was a major focus of research and thanks to a significant grant from the Singapore Government I was able to fully understand cooperation and develop a series of cooperative tools.

Cooperation and co-creation are fundamental to corporate and individual purpose and success. There are three key elements:

  1. The corporation has a cooperative culture deliberately built through practices and processes.
  2. There are rich and diverse networks which allow ideas to move freely.
  3. There is a purpose that energises and ignites – a Hot Spot.

Over the years these three foundations – culture, networks and igniting purpose – have been central to my writing and teaching, and the leadership of my research advisory practice, HSM Advisory.

It also enabled me to build a significant capability in complex collaboration within HSM Advisory – Collaboration Jams. Collaboration Jams are 72-hour online, facilitated conversations, bringing together thousands of people onto a bespoke platform for a real-time and global conversation.

See the power of Collaboration Jams in this conversation between myself and Selina Millstam, VP and Head of Talent Management at Ericsson.


  1. ‘Glow – creating energy and innovation in your work’


  2. ‘Hot Spots: why some teams, workplaces and organisations buzz with energy – and others don’t’

    (2007) Best books of 2007 in The Financial Times and Business and Strategy.

Selected Articles and Videos

  1. How to build collaboration and innovation over the coming months

    MIT Sloan Management Review ‘Beyond the Crisis’ Webinar Series. (2020)

  2. HSM Advisory Pandemic Webinar – Collaboration


  3. ‘Cooperation for Innovation’

    Chapter in Huff, S., Moslein, K and Reichwald, R. Leading Open Innovation. (2013) The MIT Press.

  4. Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams

    Harvard Business Review. (2007) Co-authored with Tammy Erickson.