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September 2016
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Too Smart for Your Own Good

All that knowledge can hurt creativity, survey finds.

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We're all looking to learn more, to better ourselves and to be able to draw from deep wells of knowledge to tackle problems. But what if a vast pool of knowledge has drawbacks?

According to research by doctoral student Pier Vittorio Mannucci, of the HEC Paris business school, building knowledge—especially very specialized knowledge—can hurt innovation. In the course of his research, Mannucci found that professionals who specia

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