Innovation and Optimal Ignorance

 “Optimal ignorance” is the idea that “experts” can be so constrained by their own knowledge that it hinders their ability to innovate. That in fact, a somewhat incomplete knowledge of the discipline may enhance rather than inhibit creativity. If optimal ignorance is a valid concept, it has far-reaching implications for the specific types of resources that are likely to be most effective in solving complex problems. The Innovator Charles Kettering      Charles Franklin Kettering (1876-1958) was born in the year the telephone was invented and died at the peak of America’s industrial supremacy. He ranks second only to Thomas Edison in the number of patents to his credit (200). Among his inventions are the electric cash register, the individual ringing function for party line telephone service, and the electric starter for the automobile engine. Kettering began his career with National Cash Register, cofounded Delco...(Read Full Article)
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