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Harvard Business Review on Innovation Paperback – June 15, 2001
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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).Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
It can help those who want a reflexive and comprehensive look into Innovation.
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.Read more ›
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Ordered this book and pages 55-88 are from some other HBR book. Therefore 2-8 essays are missing. Sent for a replacement....SAME ISSUE. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by C. Cervino
You must understand that Harvard Review books are always just snippets of the last 2 or 3 years articles on that subject, this book presented some of the best articles on... Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by Brian Glassman
Great book,exactly what I was expecting, I use it for teaching purposes and works great...great servicePublished on January 30, 2009 by Victor Israel Garcia
I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of reading this book. Each patr is beautifully orientated with outstanding diagrams and notes. Read morePublished on September 15, 2008 by Ratchild
With a good collection of articles and case studies, the book helps us to recognize and seize innovation opportunities. I certainly recommend this book for executives. Read morePublished on August 13, 2007 by Intelligent Reader
I found little of interest in these articles. I would start in any number of other books if you are interested in innovation.Published on June 21, 2007 by Sam
Well written and presented with interesting examples/case studies. Definitely worth a read.
Am not an expert in the subject area but some of the concepts did appear... Read more