Context is the circumstances and events that shape many aspects of the organizational culture that influence technology adoption.
A simple fluctuation in revenue to a global financial meltdown can be the impetus for a cultural shift in technological innovation. One of three responses can typically be anticipated; progress, regress or stagnate.
In other words, an organization will; 1.) Advance its IQ through the increased adoption of innovative technologies in order to improve operational efficiency or gain strategic advantage, 2.) Lower its IQ through a reduction in technology innovation, or 3.) Do nothing and remain status quo (stagnate).
The manner in which leaders respond to circumstances and events directly shapes the culture of the organization. A leadership response that consistently drives a cultural attitude of technological innovation has a stabilizing effect and measurably improves organizational IQ.
A “high IQ” society mistrusts and resents leadership that responds to circumstances and events with a “regress” or “stagnate” attitude and leadership with a lower IQ typically drives High IQ workers away and produces a culture of complacency. If this sounds like a blistering indictment of leaders that reject technological innovation, it is meant to be.
History has taught us one immutable lesson; Technological stagnation will lead to the demise of a culture.