13th International CREANDO Symposium on Creativity in Economics, Arts and Science, Zermatt/Valais, Switzerland, 1999

The Power of Teamwork

Chairman: Gottlieb GUNTERN


U.S. NASA mission specialist astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992, chemical engineering; Medical DoctorJemison Group, Inc. (research, development and implementation of advanced technologies),Jemison Institute for Advancing Technology in Developing Countries,Professor of Environmental Studies, USA

Zhangliang CHEN
four years research at Washington University, St. Louis, USA, Director of the National Laboratory of Protein Engineering and Plant Genetic Engineering, Beijing University,Vice President, Beijing University,Founder of PKU Weiming Biotech Group, Beijing;Selected by TIME MAGAZINE as one of the "Global 100 Young Leaders for the New Millennium", China

Guillermo MORDILLO
one of the world's foremost cartoonists, winner of many of the most prestigious international awards, author of various illustrated books and animated TV-spots. Collaboration with international publishers: Crown Publishers, N.Y.; Friedrich W.Heye Verlag, München; Insel Verlag, Frankfurt; Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Milano; Paramount Pictures, N.Y.; French, German and Italian public and private television companies; Amnesty International and Unicef, Argentina/France.

one of the world's foremost orchestra conductors,Musical Director of the Opéra de Lyon 1989 – 1998,Associate Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra,Principal Conductor of England's famed Hallé Orchestra, USA / Japan

Nobel Prize for Physics1978, long-time chief of Bell Labs Research and Senior Technology Advisor, Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs Innovations. Prowls Silicon Valley and similar places, seeking out promising technology futures and catalyzing their applications, USA

film producer"Perhaps the last of the great independent producers" - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, five Academy Awards - Amadeus, eight Academy Awards - The English Patient, nine Academy Awards. Co-owner of Fantasy Records, which has become the largest jazz label in the world, USA

Vice President and Corporate Director of Intellectual Capital & Skandia Future Centers, the world's leading expert on Intellectual Capital, winner of the prestigious Brain of the Year award for 1998, Sweden

Summary: Gottlieb Guntern

In all areas of human endeavor, creative achievements are produced by teams. In contradistinction to popular belief they are not produced by lonely wolfs. The story of the solitary genius belongs to the realm of romantic fiction.

Together with Nicolas Tesla, Alva T. Edison belongs to the most famous inventors of the last century. Yet almost nobody seems to be aware of the fact that they worked together with teams.

According to myth "Edison invented the electrical light bulb". Yet in his labs in Menlo Park, New Jersey, he employed over one hundred scientists, engineers, technicians, craftsmen and unskilled workers. Many of them were, directly or indirectly, involved in the discovery and production of a metal filament for the light bulb that would not burn out within a short time. 

Depending on its composition and mode of operation a team can produce a top performance, get stuck in mediocrity or even shipwreck a whole adventure.

General Introduction Gottlieb GUNTERN
• Introduction to Mae C. JEMISON
• Introduction to Zhangliang CHEN
• Introduction to Guillermo MORDILLO
• Introduction to Kent NAGANO
• Introduction to Arno PENZIAS
• Introduction to Saul ZAENTZ
• Introduction to Leif EDVINSSON
• Business Panel