Constraints are viewed as obstacles. The common wisdom regarding obstacles suggests that we have to remove all constraints.
We tend to believe that by getting rid of all rules and regulations, real creativity and innovation will start to emerge.
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New research suggests that managers can innovate better by embracing and working with constraints, instead of viewing them as a hindrance to innovation.
When there are no challenges in the creative process, complacency comes in, and people tend to go for the most intuitive and easy ideas rather than investing in the development of better but difficult to implement ideas.
Managers may intentionally limit inputs by capping resources in corporate entrepreneurship projects, to motivate employees to challenge themselves and innovate.
Do not impose too many constraints, otherwise, employee motivation is hampered and creative ideas don't have breathing space.
There is ongoing turbulence in the workplace due to the uncertainties provided by the new virus, resulting in a whole lot of people working from home. Normally the work-from-home policies are established in advance, and employees are trained for the same, but current circumstances are not allowing for any transition time.
Many companies rely on a technical expert or team of experts to generate a stream of creative ideas. Harder problems call for even more knowledgeable experts.
Instead, research suggests that particularly tough problems often require the perspective of an outsider or someone not limited by the knowledge of why something can’t be done.