Innovation and creativity versus control assessing the paradox in IT organizations

Sven Fischer*, Martin Boogaard, Marleen Huysman

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As a result of the increasingly more turbulent environment of today IT organizations face an important problem: on the one hand they have to control their activities, which requires a certain stability, on the other hand, they need to be creative and innovative, requiring a certain amount of autonomy, which in turn may result in instability. In this paper it is shown that control and creativity/innovation do not necessarily oppose each other. A model is presented that shows how the need for control and the need for creativity/innovation can be matched. Results from empirical research on the diffusion of CASE-technology are used to support and flesh out the model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
EditorsJay F. Nunamaker, Ralph H.Jr. Sprague
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)081865080X
Publication statusPublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the 27th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-27). Part 4 (of 5) - Wailea, HI, USA
Duration: 4 Jan 19947 Jan 1994


ConferenceProceedings of the 27th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-27). Part 4 (of 5)
CityWailea, HI, USA

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