Information leads to Innovation
Posted by: Aaron Subich, Class of 2012
A better title for this post would be that information *Properly shared* leads to innovation. At least that’s the thesis of Paul Leonardi’s Managing Information for Innovation class that our MSC cohort is currently in the middle of.
To be clear, most of us are finding Prof. Leonardi absolutely on the mark. All organizations and businesses have creative capital within their workforce, but there are some that do a much better job managing their environments, cultures, and how information moves to enable better efficiencies and returns from that capital.
One of the most applicable facets of the course for me so far was a week’s study on “how information moves through and organization.” In this week, we examined how advice networks may not mirror company hierarchies and the implications associated with that, as well as how sometimes advice networks differ from trust networks. Mapping which people in your organization speak to others, and who they go to in crunch time, can often time reveal significant opportunities to speed change, or implementing solutions to issues. We’ve started this process in my own workplace as a result of this learning, and I’m excited to see the results!
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