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English to Portuguese translations [PRO] Bus/Financial - Management
English term or phrase:mules
Clusters, mules and brokers
To see how they might make teams work better, companies have begun to look at the informal networks that employees create outside their organisation's formal structure. Mapping of such networks shows that most people stick together in clusters of eight to ten like-minded souls, a group with whom they undertake the vast majority of their communications and with whom they feel “safe”.
There is, however, a certain sort of individual who moves across different clusters. He or she is likely to take part in lots of activities and associate with people from other departments. He is not necessarily the most charismatic person in a group, but by acting as a “knowledge mule”—someone who carries ideas from one corporate silo to another and thereby sparks off new ideas—he is a key figure.
Explanation: .. agree with Tony's suggestion. The analogy he makes is quite curious indeed. I just don't like the term "mule".. which prompts me to enter a answer - DIFUSORES DE CONHECIMENTO. Just a contribution that you can simply discard, Cristina.