What companies can learn from a "devil's advocate"

07/23/2013 | Harvard Business Review online

Spark innovation in your development team by encouraging discussion of what the company is doing wrong, writes author and professor David Burkus. Research shows that by assigning a "devil's advocate," companies can insulate themselves from bad decisions and accelerate the process of innovation. "When ideas are still being developed or decisions still being considered, criticism and constructive conflict are vital to testing the value of the ideas and helping increase that value," Burkus writes.

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