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  •  An excellent point to bring up (3+ / 0-)
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    eugene, kraant, maren a

    and maybe even to the management as well.  There is a lot of manager-speak about 'learning organizations' and 'innovation' and all that out there right now.

    The big problem, of course, is that innovation is going to occur on the shop floor or the cubicle maze (with the nerds), not the boardrooms.  The union/trade guild/whatever would be an excellent conduit for negotiating the best conditions for all this creativity to happen.

    Although there are some companies out there now that are trying to get the technical wizards higher into the hierarchy without supervisory duties in order to promote higher rates of invention inside the company.  This may also play the same role.

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