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Southampton Business School

Innovation Matters: Does remote working effect innovation  Seminar

business people working
18:00 - 20:00
30 May 2019
Building 2, Foyer and room 3043 Highfield campus University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ

Event details

Does remote working make your company less likely to innovate, because people are not working together in the same room? Or does it make you more likely to innovate?

This workshop describes a study into the perceived effects of telework on social capital and innovation capability. Social capital theory predicts that telework should reduce innovation capability, but current research evidence is mixed. Some studies suggest a negative impact, but others find positive effects. Our recent research study suggested that telework appears to reduce the relational dimension of social capital. However, people do report significant benefits from working free from the distractions of an office. Emerging web-based communication systems are also improving the structural dimensions of social capital, increasing the accessibility of knowledge across the whole organisation. Telework continues to have both positive and negative effects, we will explore the specific systems and practices which appear critical, and how this impacts innovation.


18:00: Registration, refreshments and networking (by the study space by the entrance of Building 2)

18:45: Keynote seminar (in room 2/3043)

19:30: Q&A

20:00: Event Close

Speaker information

Dr David Baxter,is Associate Professor of Innovation within Southampton Business School. His current research includes the innovation process, customer insight methods, and knowledge and learning in innovation.

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