Does IT make you more productive?

— 12:41 PM on April 24, 2003

Information Week is reporting that researchers at MIT will be studying just that over the next few years.

"The big irony of the information age is that we don't measure productivity well," says Erik Brynjolfsson, the Sloan Management School professor chosen to head the center. The center's objectives are first to figure out ways to measure information-worker productivity and then find ways to improve productivity. Brynjolfsson says the center defines information workers as those who "manipulate, transmit, and store information."
It's easy to assume that IT makes us more productive, but I have to wonder if that's the case in all situations. After all, IT can also be a tempting distraction that diverts attention away from what we're really supposed to be doing.
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