the manager's role would be the one to find the ways for innovation thru asking members of the group/organization and choose the best one and must start the implementation. Technology influence innovation alot in magnificent way in different aspect. For ex. in developing a new product: how could u imagine the cellphone now can send text, can call, take picture/video,play games or watch a tv in comparison to old cp? if u get what i mean...technology really is a big help for innovation in a business. it makes everything simple/easy and the output will be very good in terms of sales/profit.