Do we need specialized information technology (IT) to inspire innovation? Not necessarily as a recent study indicates that everyday organizational IT can encourage creativity in a work setting.
"What this study reveals is that innovation is found not just by using technology specifically created to support idea-generation," says Dorit Nevo, an associate professor in the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "Creativity comes from both the tool and the person who uses it."
The study comes during a time where many organizations are looking for ways to advance technological use for employees while saving money.
"An organization can get a lot more value out of their IT technology if they let the right people use them and then support them," Nevo said. "This added value will, in turn, save organizations money because they don't always have to invest in specialized technology in order for their employees to generate solutions to work-related issues or ideas for improvement in the workplace. You just have to trust your employees to be able to innovate with the technologies you have."
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Source: Science Daily