I was recently reminded of a study by sociologist Brian Uzzi about the success factors behind Broadway musicals. One factor behind failure was when the production lacked new insights because the entire team had worked together on repeated projects. Another factor who was when none of the team’s members had worked together before.
I wonder if this says something about optimal co-authoring. Maybe the best co-authoring opportunities are those that include new team members, but that also include team members from past projects. The upshot of this is maybe you need new blood and old blood for a project to truly succeed.
The corollary to this is that most new co-authoring opportunities will fail – or maybe that they won’t feel, at least at the beginning, like successes.