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Books about the future of Innovation

. Books about the future of Innovation


Seeing What's Next: Using Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change
by Clayton M. Christensen, Erik A. Roth, Scott D. Anthony

This book argues that it is possible to predict which companies will win and which will lose in a specific situation - and provides a practical framework for doing so.

Most books on innovation - including Christensen’s previous two books - approached innovation from the inside-out, showing firms how they can create innovations inside their own companies. This book is written from an “outside-in” perspective, showing how executives, investors, and analysts can assess the impact of a new innovation on the firms they have a vested interest in.





The World Cafe
by Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, World Cafe Community, Margaret J. Wheatley, Peter Senge

The World Café:
Introduces readers to a simple, yet powerful conversational process for thinking together and creating actionable knowledge that has been used successfully with organizations and communities on six continents.
Includes actual stories from widely varied settings-such as Hewlett-Packard, American Society for Quality, the nation of Singapore, the University of Texas, and many, many others-to show the World Café process and results.
Clearly articulates seven key World Café design principles that create the conditions for accessing collective intelligence and breakthrough thinking.


Harvard Business Review on the Innovative Enterprise
by Harvard Business School Press, Peter F. Drucker, John Seely Brown

It's not enough to come up with great ideas-companies must ultimately turn those ideas into profits. This valuable collection is full of tried and true specific managerial techniques, processes, and policies that set innovative leaders apart from their less successful competitors.

The series is designed to bring today's managers and professionals the fundamental information they need to stay competitive in a fast-moving world. From the preeminent thinkers whose work has defined an entire field to the rising stars who will redefine the way we think about business, here are the leading minds and landmark ideas that have established the Harvard Business Review as required reading for ambitious businesspeople in organizations around the globe.





The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures
by Frans Johansson

Why is it that so many world-changing insights come from people with little or no related experience? Charles Darwin, after all, was a geologist when he proposed the theory of evolution. And it was an astronomer who finally explained what happened to the dinosaurs. Frans Johansson argues that breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into new, unfamiliar territory. In this space - which Johansson calls "the Intersection" - established ideas clash and combine with insights from other fields, disciplines, and cultures, resulting in an explosion of totally new ideas. The Medici Effect - referring to a remarkable burst of creativity in Florence during the Renaissance--shows us how to get to the Intersection and how we can turn the ideas we discover there into path-breaking innovations. From the insight that created the first Cherokee written language to the ideas that enabled scientists to read the mind of a monkey - The Medici Effect is filled with vivid stories of intersections across domains as diverse as business, science, art, and politics. Johansson reveals the core principles - including breaking down associative barriers, routinely combining unlike concepts, and executing past your failures - that can enable individuals, teams, and entire organizations to create their own "Medici effects" in any arena of work and life. Frans Johansson is a writer, consultant, and entrepreneur residing in New York City.


The Power of Impossible Thinking: Transform the Business of Your Life and the Life of Your Business
by Jerry Wind, Colin Crook, Robert Gunther

The world you live in is all in your mind, according to Wharton Business School Professors Yoram Wind and Colin Crook. The Power of Impossible Thinking is a witty and lucid translation of neuroscience research about "mental models" - the deeply ingrained assumptions and images that shape our reality and influence opportunities for success and failure. "Our models are gated communities," say Crook and Wind, who offer a superb crash course on the power and limit of mental models.

The key questions: How do you know when an old model is worn out? How do you avoid "cognitive lock," filtering out information that conflicts with your model? How do you know a new model will live up to its hype? Many of the answers lie in "Mind R&D" - developing an inventory of new and old models and refining your intuition to fit your current reality. These engaging ideas are detailed with portraits of three impossible thinkers (Oprah Winfrey, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Intel's Andy Grove) and vivid examples (The music industry vs. Napster, a French fry cancer scare, O-rings on the Challenger). Wind and Crook make such a brilliant case for new ways of seeing that readers may wish for more coaching to recognize the obsolete models that keep us from changing our minds. - Barbara Mackoff





Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
by W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne

Since the dawn of the industrial age, companies have engaged in head-to-head competition in search of sustained, profitable growth. They have fought for competitive advantage, battled over market share, and struggled for differentiation. Yet, these hallmarks of competitive strategy are not the way to create profitable growth in the future. In a book that challenges everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne argue that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves spanning more than a hundred years and 30 industries, the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors, but from creating "blue oceans" - untapped new market spaces ripe for growth. Such strategic moves - which the authors call "value innovation" - create powerful leaps in value that often render rivals obsolete for more than a decade. Blue Ocean Strategy presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any company can use to create and capture blue oceans. A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this book charts a bold new path to winning the future. W. Chan Kim is the Boston Consulting Group Bruce D. Henderson Chair Professor of Strategy and International Management at INSEAD. Renee Mauborgne is the INSEAD Distinguished Fellow and Professor of Strategy and Management.




The Seeds of Innovation: Cultivating the Synergy That Fosters New Ideas
by Elaine Dundon

Real-world strategies for creating and nurturing innovative thought and activity.

Breakthrough innovation is a prerequisite for success in almost any organization, yet the actual management of innovation has only recently begun to receive the attention it deserves. Here, innovation thought leader Elaine Dundon offers a "how-to" prescription for building creative and strategic innovation skills at all levels of an organization (rather than focusing on decision-making levels only) - and explains how to produce measurable results that translate directly to the bottom line.

Using field-tested concepts and practical examples, and featuring easy-to-apply processes and concrete thinking tools, this straight-talking book provides a broadly applicable guide to innovation - one that’s not limited to a specific industry sector. Today’s most comprehensive, one-stop innovation resource, it describes:
- The three necessary components of innovation - creative, strategic, and transformational thinking
- Methods for applying innovative thought to existing products, processes, and business models
- 90 great innovations and 90 trends to consider




Sectoral Systems of Innovation
Concepts, Issues and Analyses of Six Major Sectors in Europe
by Franco Malerba

Innovation and technological change show different rates, types and trajectories depending on the sector in which they take place. Agents and institutions of a sector all exert a major influence on innovation. With contributions from nineteen experts in their field, this book proposes the framework of the ‘sectoral systems of innovation’ to analyse the innovation process, the factors affecting innovation, the relationship between innovation and industry dynamics, the changing boundaries and transformation of sectors, and the determinants of the international performance of firms and countries in different sectors. Innovation in a sector is considered to be affected by three groups of variables: knowledge and technologies; actors and networks; and institutions. In addition to the general framework, this book examines innovation in six major sectors in Europe including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, telecommunications equipment and services, chemicals, software, machine tools and services.




Get Back in the Box : Innovation from the Inside Out
by Douglas Rushkoff

Rushkoff's first book explicitly for a business audience contends that American enterprise is at a crossroads. Having for too long replaced innovation with acquisitions, tactics, efficiencies, and ad campaigns, many businesses have dangerously lost touch with the process - and fun - of discovery. But those who come to understand the current moment as a renaissance, and who are willing to embrace the possibilities it offers, have an unprecedented opportunity to engage with what they do from the inside out.





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