Hollywood producers have decades of experience assembling temporary teams, or flash teams, to execute complex, multi-million-dollar projects. According to Stanford professors Melissa Valentine and Michael Bernstein, that model has become increasingly viable for large corporations.
The New York Times took a look at the pair’s research on “flash organizations”—teams that come together to tackle specific and often complex problems, then disband. Until recently, economists have argued it would be prohibitively expensive to hire, train, and monitor workers separately for each project that a large company might undertake.
Now, thanks to advances in technology, and companies like Business Talent Group (BTG) who can act as the project’s producers, it’s easier than ever for big companies to find and engage effective temporary teams, or flash teams, thus creating a flash organization. The New York Times spoke with BTG CEO Jody Miller to learn more:
Leah Hoffmann is BTG's Marketing & Content Strategist. A former journalist, Leah worked for Forbes.com and The Economist before joining BTG. She is passionate about clear thinking, sharp writing, and strong points of view.