Innovative companies such as 3M and Google allow their employees to set aside 15-20% of their work hours to fiddle with their own ideas. Yet other companies have found that slack time and a well-equipped workspace won’t automatically translate into more innovation. In their article for MIT Sloan Management Review, researchers Yasser Rahrovani, Alain Pinsonneault and Robert D. Austin explain why.
In this summary, you will learn
- What kinds of slack resources companies can provide to boost innovation and
- How employee type determines the effectiveness of individual slack resources.
About the Authors
Yasser Rahrovani and Robert D. Austin are professors of information systems at Ivey Business School in Canada. Alain Pinsonneault is an information systems professor at McGill University, Canada.