'Cluster hiring' could completely change how executive teams are formed

The Wall Street Journal suggests a "Hunger Games"-like hiring strategy, popular in academia, could be a good way to promote cohesiveness and improve retention and diversity of executive teams.

The strategy, first called "cluster hiring" by University of Wisconsin in 1998, involves hiring a whole team at once. It was recently used by Boyce Thompson Institute, an Ithaca, N.Y.-based independent research firm. BTI invited 13 candidates to its campus for 48 hours, to meet each other and form teams to prepare research proposals. Two candidates dropped out, and the remaining 11 submitted eight research proposals, with some candidates participating in multiple groups. 

The goal of the process wasn't to stand out as an individual, but to stand out as a team, according to The Wall Street Journal. It appeared to work: Three scientists were ultimately brought aboard, and they told the Journal they are going into the role feeling like they are already part of a rock-solid team. 

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