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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 1 edition (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749463074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749463076
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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"If your company is thinking about venturing into the brave new world of open innovation, this book ought to be on your must-read list. You'll gain some important insights into where to start, things you need to consider and what to watch out for." (www.innovationtools.com 2011-03-16)

"Paul Sloane has done an excellent editing job. The twenty five chapters are each authored by different figures from the OI world. These include consultants, senior figures from industry and academics. A good number of them are prolific contributors to the innovation blogosphere. Their knowledge and experience covers OI in a broad range of industries and sectors." (Anatello e-newsletter 2011-03-22)

"If your company is thinking about venturing into the brave new world of open innovation, this book ought to be on your must-read list. You'll gain some important insights into where to start, things you need to consider and what to watch out for." (Innovation Weblog 2011-04-01)

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A Guide to Innovation and Crowdsourcing will help readers find innovative products and services from outside their organisations, make them work and contribute to their business strategy and overcome the practical difficulties that lie in the way.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Jonas on 23 Oct. 2011
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When a book on Open Innovation starts with a foreword from Henry Chesbrough, you know that you're in safe hands.
We all like this book in our office - there are various post-it notes from different analysts on various pages. I especially like it because it does what it "says on the tin" - it contains advice from leading experts, and contains really digestible information and advice. It's a "pick-up" book (you put it down, then you pick it up again), not the sort of book you read and then shelve. There's a really good list of experts /thought leaders answering key questions on OI e.g. what are the benefits, what are the risks, how to get started, how to measure progress, who do we need?).
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It is a handy guide to Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing. \it comprises 25 chapters from from 25 different authors.
This means that the quality & value of the chapters varies a lot.

Open Innovation has been around and in use since at least the 1970s, but it only got a name when Henry Chesbrough observed it in some companies and, as an academic, wrote about it and coiined the name Open Innovation around 2003. Chesborough never uses plain simple English where he can use two or three opaque or obsure words ("Imperative", "paradign", "archiitecture of revenues" and so on). Some of this has rubbed off on some of the authors, but others are doen to earth.

For those of us who have been doing OI for many years, it is easy to spot the authors who are doing it and and the ones who are talking about it.

If you are a tyro (you see, Chesborough - anyone can do it - it meams beginner in learning something) and want to find out about OI then this is not a bad book and a better purchase than Open Innovation by Chesborough who uses 200 pages to say waht could be said in 50.

Most of the book is all about why OI is a jolly good idea, rather than the practical "how".

ff you actually deploy OI or crowd sourcing or want to, the this book is overall not much help.The main exception to this is Chapter 15 by Klaus-Peter Spinnel that gives excellent advice on how to alter thinking and map out problems in such a way that OI is a possible solution. His "Roadblocks to thinking" are superb. For example, the roadblock that "it's pleasant to figure it out for yourself" is a roadblock to remove.

Unfortunately the book is strong on why it is a good idea and what it is all about, but most chapters are of litte practical use if you want to apply OI or Crowd Sourcing to improve your business.

It is worth buying, but be selective about which of the 25 chapters is worth digesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catarina T. on 16 Oct. 2012
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This book was my first contact with crowdsourcing and open innovation concepts of business approaches, techniques and examples.

Mr. Sloane did a terrific job, gathering all this useful information, and inspirational insights for people just interested in the subjects, for future entrepreneurs and innovators, for open Innovators and problem solving believers.

This book changed my ways of thinking business in the future, and motivated me to write a whole dissertation on how crowdsourcing is contribution to business innovation practises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Lucy Gower on 12 Mar. 2011
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Great book with lots of examples of how open innovation and crowdsourcing is working and being used by a range of organisations. It also highlights some of the pitfalls if you are considering setting up your own crowdsourcing or open innovation process.

It is a mash up of different authors and writing styles which can be hard to follow at times. If there is another edition I'd recommend a good edit and a glossary to explain some of the jargon.

Practical guide and must read if you are considering this sort of innovation.
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