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"Written by three undisputed experts in product innovation and management, this book is extremely well researched and executed. It presents a model that perfectly complements our traditional understanding of product innovation. In Serial Innovators managers will find a refreshing perspective and clear guidance on how to locate, reward, and retain serial innovators within their organization."—Anthony Di Benedetto, Temple University


"This book is fascinating. The concept of the serial innovator, distinct from the serial inventor or serial entrepreneur, is important. Serial innovators are a rare breed and we need to learn more about them. This book provides a first look into their nature and how to manage them. It will be extremely useful for readers who think about and work on breakthrough innovation in established companies—and who struggle with how to do it better."—Ginna C. O'Connor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and author of Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation


"Written by three undisputed experts in product innovation and management, this book is extremely well researched and executed. It presents a model that perfectly complements our traditional understanding of product innovation. In Serial Innovators managers will find a refreshing perspective and clear guidance on how to locate, reward, and retain serial innovators within their organization." —Anthony Di Benedetto,Temple University

About the Author

Dr. Abbie Griffin holds the Royal L. Garff Presidential Chair in Marketing at the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business. A former editor of the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Griffin's research investigates how to measure and improve the process of new product development.

Raymond L. Price holds the William H. Severns Chair of Human Behavior in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is the Co-Director of the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education. He has held management positions at Allergan, Boeing, and Hewlett-Packard. Price is co-author of The HP Phenomenon: Innovation and Business Transformation.

Bruce A. Vojak is Associate Dean for Administration in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering. He has held positions at the M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, Amoco Corporation, and Motorola. Vojak serves on the Board of Directors of Midtronics, Inc.
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Business Books (May 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804775974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804775977
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book on a hunch, based on its title -- and I wasn't disappointed. This is EXACTLY the book I was looking for to describe serial innovators. (Serial innovators are also known as innate innovators. When they turn their skills to business, they may become serial entrepreneurs.) The book is concise, about 200 pages, and packed with valuable information and ideas.

The first part of SERIAL INNOVATORS reviews existing research (including vivid case studies) pertaining to serial innovators; it suggests theories to explain serial innovation's outcomes. The book's second part gets more deeply into the experience of serial innovation and serial innovators -- something I wanted to understand fully, being a serial innovator myself; now I do. The third part is a how-to for organizations wanting to position, encourage, support, and gain the fullest value from its serial innovators, from first good idea to implementation and application.

SERIAL INNOVATORS is subversive, as are the objects of its scrutiny. Much has been written (and continues to be written, whole carloads, even) about "training" innovators, discovering the innovation in everyone, etc. Consultants are scrambling to get on the innovation-management gravy train. But as the research results described in this book correlate with my own experience as a professional serial innovator and entrepreneur: innate innovation is just that -- apparently inbred -- and cannot be learned through expensive, ineffectual exercises or consulting. Counseling is more like it. Serial innovators tend to break with convention, manage things in their own way, frequently fail -- and when they succeed, often at great personal cost and effort, deliver brilliant, game-changing innovation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ranger on November 8, 2012
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This a very important book about what it takes for an employee in a large company to innovate. It's among the best I've ever read, along with classics like The Innovator's Solution. I won't summarize the book, because you can read about it here: [Google this: What It Takes to Be a Serial Innovator]

The authors break down the innovation process with flow charts and plenty of explanations and examples. It becomes very clear why some people are able to innovate better than others. Innovation, at a personal level, is no longer a mystery. The book is highly useful for anyone: innovators, aspiring innovators, those who want to recruit innovators, and those who want to work with or manage innovators.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Higgins Daly on May 15, 2013
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This is an important book for anyone interested in helping people and companies be more innovative. The authors studied the people inside companies who are most innovative and learned how they went about it. They draw a great picture of the traits and behaviors that mark the Serial Innovator and provide useful insight into how to manage them and get the most out of them.
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This book started a bit slow, as the authors keep telling you what is coming, how the book is organized, etc. However, once you get into this book, it opens your eyes to an amazing type of person. Serial Innovators are people who are driven to solve a problem, but they want the problem to be meaningful and to offer the opportunity to help others have some part of their life be better. They aren't driven by money or accolades; they are driven by the need to feel like they are helping people. The book is useful for managers who can make a difference by finding these people in their organizations and supporting them for the good of everyone.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christie Jazzy on January 8, 2014
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An easy read and a great book. Really enjoyed the analysis which was interspersed with very interesting case studies and career stories. Inspirational.
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