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A Topographical Map of the Innovation Landscape This paper describes the construction and use of a topographical map of the innovation landscape. The purpose of the map is to provide a holistic view of the key factors that enable innovation (the so-called 'landmarks'), how well they are aligned to support the particular type of innovation the organization needs to pursue, and to identify possible gaps.  
An Innovative Manager's Check-List This check-list has been designed to be of use to supervisors, managers, and project leaders contemplating or implementing innovation or wishing to manage a project in a way which will enhance innovation. Its purpose is to alert you and to guide you in confronting issues which are key to successful innovation.   
Comparison of Innovation Methodologies and TRIZ Based on the comparison and contrast of the strength and weakness between many common innovation methodologies and TRIZ, it is pointed that TRIZ is the most powerful systematic innovation methodology among them, especially in Mechatronics domain.  2005  
Creating an Environment for Innovation Once your company has made a conscious decision to encourage innovation, where and how should you start? In this article, one assumes that one has agreed on a consistent definition of what it means to innovate, and that one has the intention of involving as many in the company as possible and appropriate.  
Customer-Controlled Innovation Collaboration with customers is transforming product-development strategies and unlocking new ways for companies to innovate. 2007  
Extending Innovation Beyond the Corporate Boundary Amy Muller and Liisa Valikangas discuss how innovation can be extended outside the corporate boundary through recombining competencies with alliance partners and through exploring new opportunity space with others.   
Financial Constraints and Other Obstacles: Are they a Threat to Innovation Activity? In this paper the authors examine the importance of financial and other obstacles to innovation in the Netherlands. They report results on the effect of these obstacles on the firms’ decision to abandon, prematurely stop, seriously slow down, or not to start an innovative project. 2008  
Five Ways That Standardization Can Lead to Innovation “At a time when we are constantly being told to value the new and the different, it may come as a surprise to learn that the standard, the shared and the common can be strong drivers of transformation,”   
Flipping Orthodoxies: Overcoming Insidious Obstacles to Innovation When it comes to innovation, sometimes organizations need to get out of their own way. Orthodoxies, or tightly held beliefs that guide a company’s decisions, can be dangerous to a company’s success  
Ground-breaking Innovation Management Concepts from the Past 25 Years The authors have selected the six concepts that in their opinion have fundamentally shaped the meaning of innovation management in the past 25 years.  2011  
Guide for Managing Innovation - Part 1: Diagnosis This guide was designed by CIDEM as a tool aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them assess their capacity for innovation.   
Guide for Managing Innovation - Part 2: Conclusions This guide was designed by CIDEM as a tool aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them assess their capacity for innovation.   
How innovative are you really? When “back to the stone-age” may not be too bad after all. One of the most stable trends in recent years has been the increasing product homogeneity in many markets. Products that were once clearly profiled specialties are becoming more and more commodity-like in the view of the customers. pdf-file 2003  
Identifying and Removing Barriers to Innovation This article outlines the four common barriers of innovation and offers advices on how to overcome them.   
Impacting Climate for Innovation: Can CEOs Make a Difference? This study suggests that an essential component of effective leadership is the ability to reflect on objectives, strategies, and processes in a way that influences the attitudes and behavior of employees towards innovation, and then planning and implementing change.  
Innovation and risk management: a recipe for improving performance The purpose of this report is to provide a basis for reflection on current practice in this area and to make some suggestions for next steps. In looking at organisations that excel, we identified ingredients that appear to be common to those that achieve success through innovation and well-judged risk taking.   
Innovation in Germany An article in German from Manager Magazin, a leading German management periodical, on the problem of innovation in Germany and its relationship to leadership and the German culture's reluctance to engage with leadership since World War II.   
Innovation Traps Risks and Challenges in Thinking About Innovation. 2003  
Innovation via Global Route: Proposing a Reference Model for Chances and Challenges of Global Innovation Processes. Innovations in today’s “globalized” world are hardly feasible in isolation.   
Innovation: Are You Focused on the Perfect over the Optimal? Innovation is more than grand themes and big ideas. Much more. 2012  
Innovation: measuring it to manage it Many executives struggle to manage innovation as they would other business processes. Most exasperating is the lack of a practical way of measuring innovation effectiveness and efficiency. In this article the authors provide a success formula to design and deploy meaningful key indicators to drive innovation and business performance now and in the future.   
Internal Markets Emerging Governance Structures for Innovation. Why do management hierarchies fail innovation?   
Introduction to Innovation A short series about terminology, importance, problems, benefits etc.  
Managing Innovation in Service Industries An Online-Book with case studies  
Managing Innovation through Corporate Venturing New management models can help a firm commercialize ideas that would otherwise languish  
Money Isn’t Everything Lavish R&D budgets don’t guarantee performance. A new Booz Allen Hamilton study of the world’s 1,000 biggest spenders reveals the value of an innovation dollar — and the basics of a better strategy. 2005  
New Paradigms: Innovative Forms of Organization Companies that seek to lead in innovation need to look beyond the R&D lab. Liisa Välikangas identifies three emerging organizational forms that have the potential to alter the competitive landscape in significant ways. Pdf-file  
Open Innovation: No Longer an Option To compete effectively, companies will increasingly have to look beyond their internal walls for sources of advantage. It’s increasingly clear that open innovation is no longer an option. Businesses that don’t harness its power risk being left behind.   
Open Source - The Ignorance of Crowds The open source model can be an important factor in innovation, but it comes with limitations. 2007  
Organizing for Innovation Organizing for Innovation: Technology and Intelligent Capacities, Article by Michael D. McMaster  
Organizing for Innovation in Large Firms Determining how a firm can best be organized to facilitate innovation is a topic of central importance to managers and academics alike and is thus the focus of this working paper. abstract, full text available for download  
Quotes Nothing scientific, but if you need a quote about innovation - there is a great variety  
Radical Innovation and Design Research Global competition has forced companies to redesign themselves. This general motivation in industry has been the reason that companies have started to gather knowledge how to innovate their innovation business system. Pdf  
Repetition Leads To Innovation The role of recursive conversation in product development  
Risk, Innovation and Values - Examining the Tensions This paper explores the tensions among innovation, values and risk-taking that public sector managers face when they make decisions about uncertain outcomes. The paper makes four suggestions for consideration by Risk Management Division.  
Strategic Innovation to Enable Innovation? Amy Muller and Nate Hutchins say a productive, sustainable electronic innovation platform is much more than a site to collect ideas.   
Strengthen Your Organization with Creative Destruction:  Dismantle your old patterns and habits while creating flexible, adaptable, agile systems. It's the key to innovation!  
Succeeding with Your Bright Ideas There are many ways to come up with better ideas. But, success means more than that.   
Taking Chances: Finding Ways to Embrace Innovation, Risk and Control in the Public Sector Organizations This document sets out five principles intended to support public sector managers, auditors and legislators in a common purpose: the application of sound management practices in the related areas of innovation, risk management and control.   
The Consequences of Innovation Although innovation is frequently heralded as the driver of the ‘new economy’, its myriad claims have yet to be substantiated. The paper surveys the literature and addresses some of the claims skeptically.   
The Culture of Innovation: What Makes San Francisco Bay Area Companies Different? The Bay Area is famous for its long history of leadership in computing, semiconductors, software, biotechnology, the Internet and other innovation-based industries. But what makes it unique, beyond its talent base and access to capital? What exactly is the often celebrated “West Coast culture of innovation”? 2012   
The Ethics of Innovation and the Development of Innovative Projects This paper addresses the question of what are the basic ethical principles that ought to govern the development and implementation of innovative public sector programs or policies. pdf  2003  
The Four Levels of Innovation Assess the Time, Effort, and Resources Necessary to Join the Ranks of Innovation.   
The Future of Innovation Management: The Next 10 Years Literature is rife with books and articles on the history of innovation management. But what about the future? This article describes the five major innovation management concepts to watch in the next ten years. 2011  
The Innovation Imperative Recessions and times of uncertainty present unusual opportunities. In these times, companies need to seize new opportunities not by retrenching, but by rebalancing: focusing on the right innovation projects and then executing those innovations more efficiently, effectively and creatively.   
The Innovator's Solution Seagate Technology has developed a set of five operating principles that allows it to out-innovate even the most nimble young competitor. The result: an innovator that poses a dilemma for its rivals.  
The Well-Designed Global R&D Network A new study by Booz Allen Hamilton and INSEAD finds that organizations benefit when they configure their innovation networks for cost and manage them for value. 2006  
Transformation by Radical Innovation Turning Megatrends and Emerging Technologies into Growth Opportunities. Is your company sufficiently innovative? Most CEOs and CTOs would like to say yes, although Arthur D. Little’s recent Global Innovation Excellence study reveals that most companies are focusing on incremental, rather than radical, innovation.  new
What Global Winners Teach Us about Innovation In this special report on innovation in India’s Business Today magazine, the authors from Monitor describe key principles of innovation used by successful companies to create new ways of doing business. 2011  
When Innovation Follows Promise - Why service innovation is different, and why that matters This executive briefing authored by Ivanka Visnjic, Taija Turunen and Andy Neely from the Cambridge Service Alliance, looks at the process of service innovation in an attempt to improve the way that service and product-service providers develop new services.   


Seeing What's Next: Using Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change 
by Clayton M. Christensen, Erik A. Roth, Scott D. Anthony
Internationally renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen and his research partners Scott D. Anthony and Erik A. Roth present a groundbreaking framework for predicting outcomes in the evolution of any industry. Based on proven theories outlined in Christensen's landmark books The Innovator's Dilemma and The Innovator's Solution, Seeing What's Next offers a practical, three-part model that helps decision-makers spot the signals of industry change, determine the outcome of competitive battles, and assess whether a firm's actions will ensure or threaten future success.

The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth 
by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor
Drawing on years of in-depth research and illustrated by company examples across many industries, Christensen and Raynor argue that innovation can be a predictable process that delivers sustainable, profitable growth. They identify the forces that cause managers to make bad decisions as they package and shape new ideas—and offer new frameworks to help managers create the right conditions, at the right time, for a disruption to succeed.

Leading for Innovation: & Organizing For Results 
by Marshall Goldsmith (Editor), Iain Somerville (Editor), Frances Hesselbein
Leading for Innovation brings together Clayton M. Christensen, Jim Collins, Howard Gardner, Charles Handy, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, C. William Pollard, Margaret Wheatley, and other thought leaders to offer you practical guidance on leading your organization to a new dimension of performance. This unprecedented collection explores the unique qualities required to lead innovators, and shows you the way to develop a culture that promotes innovation.

The Venture Imperative
by Heidi Mason, Tim Rohner
Innovation has become a game of corporate life or death: Produce and market successful new ideas, and a company thrives; ride competitors' coattails, and the company eventually falls by the wayside. Yet continuous innovation has traditionally been as risky and difficult as it is essential. How can corporations create an environment that has enough freedom to allow for innovation, while providing enough structure to control risk?
In this book, Heidi Mason and Tim Rohner - leading voices in venture strategy - prove that corporate venturing is the best way to intelligently and successfully test and launch innovative corporate growth strategies. The process starts with the right environment: the Venture Business Office-a group that directly connects individual ventures to the parent investor and the larger venture community.



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