"I'm not sure that was always the case," he says. "Twenty years ago there was more of a command-and-control environment. People didn't volunteer themselves or jump into projects as much. The kids today like variety, and they have the energy, creativity, and good nature that comes along with that."
IT executives also say their latest college hires have an intuitive sense of technology -- in particular, social networking acumen and novel ideas on how to apply it to enhance business performance.
"Often they have great insights as to what ought to be tried or to what might work," says John N. Oglesby, an IT executive in Tennessee and a founding member of the Memphis chapter of the Society for Information Management. "They bring a completely new outside perspective, and that's typically where innovation comes from."
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