Friday, March 23, 2012

Catalign Quarterly - March 2012

Catalign Quarterly is an attempt to put together insights relevant for fostering a culture of innovation in organizations. This is the second issue of the Quarterly.

Theme for this Quarterly is “Intuition & innovation”. There are five articles in this issue. The first article is a book review of what I believe is a landmark book on the theme of this issue. It is written by Nobel Laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman. The second article is on the legendary mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan and marvels & flaws of his intuition. The third article explores the relationship between creativity and intuition as discussed by Kahneman. The fourth article explores a classic bias called fundamental attribution error through the question "Is poor idea flow a people issue or situation issue?" Finally, the fifth article looks at the metaphor of weighing scale as a type of measure and its relationship with culture change.

Hope you find some of the articles helpful.

1. Book review: Thinking, fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman (Nobel Laureate and the living authority on the subject)

2. The marvels and flaws of expert intuition: story of Ramanujan’s first letter to Hardy

3. Is creative thinking an oxymoron?

4. Poor idea flow and fundamental attribution error

5. Weighing scale, intelligent gossip and the culture of innovation

Next quarterly will be based on the theme: Design of strategy as if implementation matter.


  1. The five articles does justice to the theme "intuition and innovation". Nice to get a bunch of information in one single page. I just bought Kahneman's book based on your review, shall come to you with questions when I start reading it.


    1. Thanks for the encouragement, RamP. It helps.

      I hope you enjoy the book. Looking forward our discussion on various topics - perhaps over long walks.