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April 17, 2006
Technology's role in innovation
Egils Milbergs of Accelerating Innovation has posted on IBM's Business Leadership Forum, held in Rome in early April. His post included a this quote about technology and innovation:
"Technology plays a leading role in innovation, but it isn't the only factor. What were once disruptive technologies now are commodities. Technology can be the establishing base for innovation, but people are the ones that drive it forward. Technology is really only the mechanics of the process. Real innovation is about great people generating and then implementing new ideas."
Granted, I like this quote because it reinforces what I believe about innovation. But I also like it because of the recent research I've done on innovation drivers. A long-ago conversation on IdeaFlow featured a debate on what actually drives innovation,
and a great many people were insistent that it all comes down to *people*. I agreed then, but still saw the value in talking about what specific conditions of possiblity were driving those people who were driving innovation.
This quote about technology and innovation to my mind puts technology where it should be -- in the hands of people who can do something useful with it.
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