Suggested Reading List for the Innovation Practioner

The Books in bold are must reads

  1. Adizes, Ichak. Corporate Lifecycles: How and Why Corporations Grow and Die and What To Do About It. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1989.

  2. Afuah, Allan. Innovation Management. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

  3. Bean, Roger and Radford, Russell. The Business of Innovation: Managing the Corporate Imagination for Maximum Results. New York: Amacom, 2002.

  4. Bennis, Warren and Biederman, Patricia Ward. Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration. Reading, MA: Perseus Books, 1997.

  5. Berkun, Scott. The Myths of Innovation. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly Media, Inc, 2007.

  6. Berman, Bruce, ed. From Ideas to Assets: Investing Wisely in Intellectual Property. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002.

  7. Block, Zenas, and MacMillan, Ian C. Corporate Venturing: Creating New Businesses Within the Firm. Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 1993.

  8. Brown, John Seeley et al. Storytelling in Organizations: Why Storytelling is Transforming 21st Century Organizations and Management. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, 2005.

  9. Buderi, Robert. Engines of Tomorrow: How the World's Best Companies Are Using Their Research Labs to Win the Future. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

  10. Burgelman, Robert A. with Maidique, Modesto A. and Wheelwright, Steven. C. Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

  11. Cameron, Julia. The Artist’s Way. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc., 2002.

  12. Chesbrough, Henry. Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2006.

  13. Chesbrough, Henry. Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2003.

  14. Cheverton, Richard E., Lanny Vincent and Bill Wilson. The Maverick Way: Profiting from the Power of the Corporate Misfit. La Palma, CA: Maverick Way Publishing, 2000.

  15. Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator's Solution. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2003.

  16. Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1997.

  17. Christensen, Clayton M. Seeing What’s Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2004.

  18. Clippinger III, John Henry, ed. The Biology of Business: Decoding the Natural Laws of Enterprise. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999.

  19. Collins, Jim and Jerry I. Porras. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 1994.

  20. Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap. . ..and Others Don't. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2001.

  21. Collins, Jim. How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2009.

  22. Conant, Jennet. Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science that Changed the Course of World War II. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002.

  23. Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 1996.

  24. Davis, Julie L. and Suzanne S. Harrison. Edison in the Boardroom. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

  25. DeBono, Edward. Serious Creativity: Using the Power of Lateral Thinking to Create New Ideas. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.

  26. DeBono, Edward. Six Thinking Hats. Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1985.

  27. de Gues, Arie. The Living Company: Habits for Survival in a Turbulent Business Environment. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1997.

  28. Drucker, Peter F. Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1985.

  29. Drucker, Peter F. Management: Task, Responsibilities, Practices. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.

  30. Erickson, Gary, with Lois Lorentzen. Raising the Bar: Integrity and Passion in Life and Business. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.

  31. Foster, Richard. Innovation: The Attacker's Advantage. New York: Summit Books, 1986.

  32. Fukuyama, Francis. Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

  33. Gardner, Howard. Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2004.

  34. Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2005.

  35. Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2000.

  36. Goldratt, Eliyahu M., and Cox, Jeff. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. Croton-on-Hudson, NY: North River Press, Inc., 1984.

  37. Graham, Margaret B.W., and Shuldiner, Alec T. Corning and the Craft of Innovation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

  38. Grudin, Robert. The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1990.

  39. Haeckel, Stephan H. Adaptive Enterprise. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1999.

  40. Handy, Charles. The Elephant and the Flea: Reflections of a Reluctant Capitalist. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2001.

  41. Harbison, John R. and Pekar, Jr., Peter. Smart Alliances: A Practical Guide to Repeatable Success. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998.

  42. Hawken, Paul. Growing a Business. New York: Fireside/Simon &Schuster, 1987.

  43. Johansson, Frans. The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts & Cultures. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2004.

  44. Johnston, Jr., Robert E., and Bate, J. Douglas. The Power of Strategy Innovation. New York: Amacom, 2003.

  45. Kanter, Rosabeth Moss. The Change Masters: Innovation for Productivity in the American Corporation. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983.

  46. Katz, Ralph. The Human Side of Managing Technological Innovation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

  47. Kegan, Robert and Lisa Laskow Lahey. Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2009.

  48. Kelley, Tom. The Art of Innovation. New York: Doubleday, 2001.

  49. Kennedy, Michael N. Product Development for the Lean Enterprise. Richmond, VA: The Oaklea Press, 2003.

  50. Kleiner, Art. The Age of Heretics: Heroes, Outlaws and the Forerunners of Corporate Change. New York: Bantam Doubleday Del Publishing Group, Inc., 1996.

  51. Kuczmarski, Thomas, et al. Innovating the Corporation: Creating Value for Customers and Shareholders. Chicago: NTC Business Books, 2001.

  52. Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962.

  53. Lawrence, Paul R., and Nohria, Nitin. Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002.

  54. Leifer, Richard, et al. Radical Innovation: How Mature Companies Can Outsmart Upstarts. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000.

  55. Lendrum, Tony. The Strategic Partnering Handbook, 3rd Edition. Roseville, Australia: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2000.

  56. Leonard-Barton, Dorothy. Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1995.

  57. Lester, Richard K. and Michael J. Piore. Innovation: The Missing Dimension. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.

  58. Liker, Jeffrey K. The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.

  59. Lynch, Robert Porter. Business Alliances Guide. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993.

  60. Martin, Roger. The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2007.

  61. Mason, Heidi, and Rohner, Tim. The Venture Imperative: A New Model for Corporate Innovation. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.

  62. McGrath, Rita Gunther and Ian MacMillan. The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Strategies for Continuously Creating Opportunity in an Age of Uncertainty. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000.

  63. Meeker, Joseph W. The Comedy of Survival: Literary Ecology and a Play Ethic. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1997.

  64. Moore, Geoffrey A. Dealing With Darwin: How Great Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution. New York: Penguin Group, 2005.

  65. Nonaka, Ikujiro and Hirotaka Takeuchi. The Knowledge-Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

  66. Nonaka, Ikujiro, and Nishiguchi, Toshihiro. Knowledge Emergence: Social, Technical and Evolutionary Dimensions of Knowledge Creation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

  67. Packard, David. The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company. New York: Harper Business, 1995.

  68. Page, Scott E. The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007

  69. Porter, Michael E. Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance. New York: The Free Press, 1985.

  70. Prince, George M. The Practice of Creativity. Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc., New York, NY, 1970.

  71. Ries, Al and Laura. The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding: How to Build a Product or Service into a World-Class Brand. Harper Business, New York, NY, 1998.

  72. Rivette, Kevin G., and Kline, David. Rembrandts in the Attic: Unlocking the Hidden Value of Patents. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000.

  73. Rosenau, Jr., Milton D. Innovation: Managing the Development of Profitable New Products. Lifetime Learning Publications/Wadsworth, Inc. Belmont, CA, 1982.

  74. Roussel, Philip A., Kamal N. Saad and Tamara J. Erickson. Third Generation R&D: Managing the Link to Corporate Strategy. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1991.

  75. Schon, Donald A. The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. Basic Books, Inc. New York, NY, 1983.

  76. Schrage, Michael. Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000.

  77. Schwartz, Evan I. Juice: The Creative Fuel that Drives World-Class Inventors, Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2004.

  78. Schwartz, Peter. The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World. New York: Doubleday, 1991.

  79. Senge, Peter M. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization. Doubleday, New York, NY, 1990.

  80. Slowinski, Gene and Sagal, Matthew W. The Strongest Link. Amacom Books, New York, NY, 2003.

  81. Stewart, Thomas A. Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations. Doubleday, New York, NY, 1997.

  82. Sullivan, Patrick H. Profiting from Intellectual Capital: Extracting Value from Innovation. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998.

  83. Sullivan, Patrick H. Value-Driven Intellectual Capital: How to Convert Intangible Corporate Assets into Market Value. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000.

  84. Sulloway, Frank J. Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics and Creative Lives. Pantheon Books, New York, NY. 1996.

  85. Surowiecki, James. The Wisdom of Crowds. Anchor Books, New York, NY. 2004.

  86. Teece, David J. Managing Intellectual Capital. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2000.

  87. Thomke, Stefan H. Experimentation Matters: Unlocking the Potential of New Technologies for Innovation. Harvard Business School Press, Boston, MA, 2003.

  88. Tuomi, Ilkka. Networks of Innovation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England. 2002.

  89. Utterback, James M. Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation: How Companies Can Seize Opportunities in the Face of Technological Change. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1994.

  90. Von Hippel, Eric. The Sources of Innovation. Oxford University Press. New York. NY, 1988.

  91. Waldrop, M. Mitchell. Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos. Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 1992.

  92. Weick, Karl E. Sensemaking in Organizations. Sage Publications. Thousand Oaks, CA. 1995.

  93. Wenger, Etienne, Richard McDermott and William M. Snyder. Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2002.

  94. Wheatley, Margaret J. Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2006.

  95. Wilber, Ken. A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality. Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boston, MA. 2000.

  96. Winograd, Terry and Fernando Flores. Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design. Pearson /Addison-Wesley, Indianapolis, IN. 1986.

  97. Zook, Chris. Beyond the Core: Expand Your Market Without Abandoning Your Roots. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2004.

  98. Zook, Chris with Allen, James. Profit from the Core: Growth Strategy in an Era of Turbulence. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2001.


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