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IT is critical for economic growth, says UW business dean

Madison, Wis. — To find the catalyst for the United States' economic growth over the past 10 years including the nation's astounding 26 percent gain in productivity look no further than market flexibility and incentives, says University of Wisconsin Business School Dean Michael Knetter.

For those productivity gains, well the......

Full article >>> and the like -- have yet to enjoy the same experience, he noted. In particular, university environments such as the one he lives in sometimes are loath to accept technologies that disrupt their way of doing things. That inflexibility, which has hampered productivity growth in Japan and Germany, has held many public institutions back in much the same way. For those institutions, whether public or p......

Full article >>> icient or create better margins or speed delivery of services, employees of a public university are locked into a certain pay scale, no matter how good their improvements to IT are. In other words, someone in a university leadership position is asking employees to change the way they do things and work extra hours merely for pride rather than profit and that's a hard thing to do.

"You as......

Full article >>> take in implementing change," Knetter said. "Otherwise, it's asking a lot."

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