- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Stanford Business Books; 1 edition (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: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms 1st Edition
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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)
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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. The book's recommendations for building organizational support for innovators, preferably at the CEO level and every level downward, is not only very good advice, but precise, step by step, tested and proven.
Its relatively low price doesn't reflect SERIAL INNOVATORS' value. This book is worth its weight in gold.
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.