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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118355032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118355039
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Innovation is in high demand today. At the same time, it is often both misunderstood and lacking in committed sponsorship. While methodologies like the balanced scorecard are applied with great success to monitor and manage the key performance drivers in organizations, today's teams need an innovation scorecard that effectively works in tandem with their performance/operations management. Balancing theory and practice with real-life case studies, Innovation Engine explores the process of innovation execution for organizations of any type and any shape.

Derived largely from author Jatin Desai's global experience using and teaching the DeSai body of knowledge over the past twenty-five years, Innovation Engine shows you how to prepare and grow your organization in a hyperdynamic and globally connected environment, through foresight and strategic innovation. Designed for C-suite executives interested in building a climate and culture of innovation, management, and corporate innovators/intrapreneurs, Innovation Engine demonstrates how to build a business case for innovation; create a clear innovation strategy designed to support the business strategy; and build your own playbook for innovation.

Packed with actionable ideas, references, and resources in each chapter so you can easily explore the concepts and ideas immediately, Innovation Engine shows you how to:

  • Link innovation to business strategy
  • Develop clear innovation intent
  • Assess organizational readiness for innovation
  • Create a short-term and long-term road map
  • Build momentum
  • Implement and execute
  • Structure for innovation
  • Implement a formal management process
  • Develop high-performing innovators
  • Source radical ideas
  • Innovate year after year

Innovation Engine can help rewire your organization's DNA to include innovation as a distinct core competence.

From the Back Cover

"Innovation Engine will help you build a climate and culture of innovation. A must-read for every serious executive desiring innovation as a daily habit in his or her organization and to drive innovation execution."
—Vijay Govindarajan, coauthor of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Reverse Innovation

Discover how to become a world-class innovator with the guidelines, tools, and techniques found in Innovation Engine

In today's dynamic business environment, your business strategies are constantly adapting and evolving. For innovation to be successful, it must be linked to your current strategic intent, a unique direction for the company that will generate specific short-term and long-term value targets. Innovation Engine demonstrates how to implement a scorecard methodology around innovation in your organization to maximize your execution capability.

Emerging out of conversations with executives who have shared their innovation experiences and knowledge—from companies including Microsoft, Yahoo!, Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Hartford, Prudential, Merck, Macy's, AT&T, and Google—author Jatin Desai draws on his thirty years of experience to provide you with the strategies, processes, tools, and behaviors to transform your company into an innovative enterprise.

Innovation Engine helps leaders and managers:

  • Create a business case for innovation and supporting innovation strategy linked to business vision and goals
  • Accelerate innovation outcomes by reducing time-to-market
  • Expand the idea landscape with solid insights about the future
  • Build a pipeline of corporate innovators—the key talent for future growth
  • Balance profit, performance, and market differentiation
  • Help create a world-class, engaged workforce

Learn how to complement your organization's operational performance mindset with the innovation execution mindset, through the guidelines found in Jatin Desai's Innovation Engine.

More About the Author

Greetings, My name is Jatin Desai.

Since 1983, our firm provides solutions in the area of Enterprise Innovation. Specifically, we provide Innovation Strategy Design, Innovation Planning, Innovation Training & Consulting, Innovation Execution Services, and Executive Mentoring to help forward the mission of respective organizations..

Most of my time these days is spent working with teams at the top to help them figure out how to grow their respective businesses using "Strategic Innovation and Business Design" thinking. I also spend time speaking at conferences in U.S., and emerging markets, specifically in India and China.

If you like to contact me, feel free to send me a note at:

You can also visit my Blog at:

With best wishes,

Specialties:Innovation Strategy, Innovation Training, Innovation Consulting, Innovation Execution, Ideation, Creating High Performance Executive Teams, Developing Leaders, Developing Technology Roadmap, Creativity Training, Offsite Meetings and Retreats, Non-Profit Planning, Developing Financial Behaviors, Wealth Generation Strategies

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My Sincere Thanks to Jatin for bring this wondeful Book "Life is a Game Play it".
We marketed the know-and-control-your-load proposition on TV, at a Rockwell's national trade show, and via U. S. Chamber of Commerce national seminars.
Global Institute For Transformation (GIFT)
The book does what I appreciate most, it frames the issues, thinks big and then provides practical advice and strategies for action.

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Perhaps it's time for innovation in the field of Innovation. And "Innovation Engine" may be just the resource to inspire and help affect this.

"Innovation Engine" offers proven strategies to help organizations and individuals better innovate amid today's global, disruptive and hotly competitive markets. It includes so many valuable insights on the whys and hows to move beyond design and invention onto innovation for sustainable competitive advantage. It really does provide a treasure trove of real-world insights on driving innovation execution for breakthrough results.

But Innovation Engine's greatest impact may be in helping to inspire and equip more organizations -- and more people -- to stretch and work collaboratively in solving unaddressed issues for the good of our global society.

Jatin DeSai proposes a fundamental challenge that must be answered by even the most innovative firms... by recognized innovators and novices alike... and by individuals not yet involved in innovation but concerned about their fellow man.

Jatin challenges all of us with: "If your organization already has an innovation program started or if innovation is a way of life, check to see if the leadership mindset is ready for planet innovation -- commitment to reaching profit goals while improving health and wellness of each citizen on Earth. If not, help create an awareness of the need to integrate the innovation efforts with sustainability efforts -- you may become a pioneer in this new movement."

Jatin also encourages us to focus on "Extreme Challenges To Solve" in order to create sustainable value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ripi Singh on September 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A very rich compilation of strategic and tactical coaching tips that can be systematically implemented in mid to large organizations, when they choose to rev up innovation. I have been in the real world of advancing technology for the past 20 years, and there was so much more for me to learn and share with my management team.

The subject of innovation is exciting a lot of people, from early career professionals to Mr. President of USA. Books, courses, and consultants are mushrooming all around us with models, and ideas. Author has done an excellent job threading through many of the key approaches to building sustainable innovation cultures across corporations and industries, which can possibly one day come together for the betterment of Planet (I would have been personally happy with just humanity) and that just provides an insight into an author with a bigger perspective.

My suggestion to any reader is to take time to soak in the real value, chapter by chapter, idea by idea. Try it and share your success story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By priya on September 5, 2013
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In times of constant acclerated change in Business environment where companies are looking to cost cutting and outsourcing as the primary means to meet their Top line and Bottom line.

Jatin Shows a practical approach on How Oragnizations can play the Game of Innovation and create value diffrentiation with ease that can outperform its competitors and create new markets by tapping into the Vast Human Potential Base with proper Culture,Innovation Readiness and playful independence.

What differentiates Jatin Book from other Books of Innovation is it's based on highly Practical methods and structured Innovation Methodology thats based on deep research concepts and experimental findings that can be implemented right way at the Micro(Ind) or Macro(Org) level. Another thing I liked about in Jatin's Book is Innovation need not be confined to Organzation and Profits and can be used effectively to make the Planet better.

A must read book for anyone who wants to re-invent and stay competitive in the market Place.

My Sincere Thanks to Jatin for bring this wondeful Book

"Life is a Game Play it". Innovation based on Human Values are the Rules that can enable to play the Game of Life in a Right way to win it.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I highly recommend reading the Innovation Engine because it shows you how to prepare and grow your organization in a hyperdynamic and globally connected environment, through foresight and strategic innovation.

Jatin liberally uses numbered lists, charts, graphs and call out boxes to demonstrate many techniques and lessons. The advice is doled out in digestible pieces for the reader. His writing style is informative and like that of a trusted advisor or favorite educator. The case studies are informative, global and span numerous industries. Each chapter ends with a Notes Section where the reader can further explore a topic.

The Doblin Group outlined 10 types of innovation areas where a company can innovate. Innovation Engine takes you beyond the typical product innovation mindset to explore the other nine areas. Product Development transforms into Innovation Excellence.

The Mechanical Engine must be coupled with the Innovation Engine to truly move the enterprise forward in growth and profit.
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