Thanks to the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge for this posting. You have heard of the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon. This interview of Lee Fleming by Sara Grant gets into how that started, the research that lead to it, and the research that continues in this area today.
As someone who works in MA where we do have non-compete agreements, I think that this legal aspect does hinder the kinds of cross pollination and collaboration that really advances innovation. Gov Mitt Romney apparently is starting to look into this. MA has this across the board, CA does not. Are non-competes enforceable? It is debatable but more than likely at least a deterrent.
What do you think?