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  • Series: Harvard Business Review Paperback Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Press; 5 edition (June 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578516145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578516148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is one in a series of several dozen volumes which comprise the "Harvard Business Review Paperback Series." Each offers direct, convenient, and inexpensive access to the best thinking on the given subject in articles originally published by the Harvard Business School Review. I strongly recommend all of the volumes in the series. The individual titles are listed at this Web site: [...] The authors of various articles are among the world's most highly regarding experts on the given subject. Each volume has been carefully edited. Supplementary commentaries are also provided in most of the volumes, as is an "About the Contributors" section which usually includes suggestions of other sources which some readers may wish to explore.

In this volume, we are provided with eight articles, in each of which the focus is on a specific aspect of innovation. For example, the first was co-authored by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. They explain how to create new market space. The core concepts were later developed in much greater depth (no pun intended) in their book, Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant. They are also the co-authors of a second article in this HBR anthology, "Knowing a Winning Business Idea When You See One." They offer three "tools": the buyer utility map (how attractive a new business idea will likely be), the price corridor of the mass (identifying a price which will unlock the greatest number of buyers), and the business tool model guide (a framework for determining whether and how a company can profitably deliver the new idea at the targeted price).
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Simit Patel on July 21, 2005
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While by no means a great book, this collection of articles on innovation from the Harvard Business Review is a good introduction to the art of innovation, as it is written in a simple but effective style. The articles also address the topic of innovation in a variety of ways, thus ensuring that almost everyone will find something useful that is written in a style conducive to their preferences.

This is a good introduction to innovation, but for more, readers should check out Clayton Christensen's three books: The Innovator's Dilemma, The Innovator's Solution, and Seeing What's Next. Those books map out the formula to innovation in great depth and clarity, and make it a point to help entrepreneurs and executives see how the concepts presented can by applied to their businesses.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Richard Greene on June 15, 2007
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First, I apologize for the mixed metaphor in the title above.

Second, all the articles in this collection are "good".

Third, however, you may, as I, be more than a little tired of academics from the world's greatest universities, for decades, on topics like innovation, publishing little bits and pieces.

Fourth, I recently bought 200 books with innovation or its synonyms in their titles or blurb descriptions, grouped them in groups, and ordered books from best to junk within each group. Then I surveyed the whole thing asking myself "what, overall, are all the theories of innovation that are out there and which of them have been tested?"

It turns out there are 27 theories of innovation out there and none of them have been tested, as a whole theory, but bits, extremely small bits, of some of them have been nibbled at by the world's greatest academics from the world's greatest universities. I counted full coverage of NONE of these 27 approaches to innovation, in this particular book. NONE. What is in this book is nibbles of two of the 27--wowie!!! Harvard has nibbled 2 of 27 theories around on innovation--what a powerful research effort! I am sooooo impressed. My friend in Reuters just emailed me complaining how naive I am--professors do not do comprehensive things because they hate the good ideas of their competitors! I am naive. I thought professionals learned to respect and admire the good ideas of their peers and competitors--I am too naive!

Conclusion: if you want some more little bits about innovation, here is another, one of a series of 200 books presenting disconnected little bits about innovation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TIAGO BRANDAO on August 7, 2006
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A collection of reviews in Innovation Strategies/Policies/Theories/Practices some of them related with case studies in big companies.

It can help those who want a reflexive and comprehensive look into Innovation.
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Title: Harvard Business Review on Innovation
Author: Various
Rating: *** (out of five stars)

The "Harvard Business Review on Innovation" is a compilation series of some older articles on the innovation topic. Each article summarizes a specific perspective on innovation. Some of the articles later lead to books. Overall the articles are good introductions, (by it's very nature, this is not deep or detailed) to the topics. This may lead the reader to pursue more detail in a subsequent book or same topic by another author. Some of the material is a bit dated, this shouldn't be too big of an issue for the reader looking for high-level introduction material. Also, many Harvard BR editions are critizied for being too academic. I think that is the nature of the series and to be expected. However this edition has a smattering of case-study material to make it real world enough for such a high-level introduction.
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