When I finished graduate school my first job was for RCA Atstro-Electronics. Our division which designed and manufactured satellites was right down the street from RCA's Sarnoff Labs. Even back in mid 80's, you could already start to see the start of the decline of those famous labs. After a few years at RCA I moved back to Minnesota and have spent the rest of my career at my present company's engineering labs.
To day that I have seen changes over the past 25 years would be a huge understatement, but the one truism I've found through all these years is one must always better learn to collaborate. These days I am focusing upon the use of social media and collaboration tools for the enterprise ... the virtual water cooler. Thus it was with great interest I read the latest cover story for Business Week. The major focus of this issue is several articles on how engineering research and development has changed, and how collaboration with folks even outside your own company is critical. Whether you find you agree or disagree with the theme of the article, you need to read this material: