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on 16 November 2010
This book is a great statement on the state of the art in innovation management. It brings together an enormous amount of information on the subject from around the world (not just the USA!) and structures it in a very readable and accessible way. It has been extremely helpful to me in my job in a major management consultancy. It is full of useful frameworks and analytical tools developed by the authors. I note a couple of reviewers have complained that the book references the work of others. Well, that is standard academic practice guys (!), and the book is much stronger as a result. There are plenty of simple-minded books on this subject by people who claim to know it all. I prefer considered books by experts who choose and interpret the best work of others and place it in their own frameworks. The amazing endorsements of the book from business leaders and top academics shows the regard with which this book is held and the contribution it will make.
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on 22 April 2009
I have found this book to be an outstanding text to use in teaching postgraduate students. This book follows on from the authors' previous work, the outstanding 'Think, Play, Do'. The Management of Technical Innovation has several key strengths that make it particularly good for teaching. The first is that it distils state-of-the-art innovation research into a number of useful frameworks. The second is that it contains a wealth of case studies which effectively illustrate the theoretical issues. Finally, it has a nice introduction to my personal area of research, innovation networks.
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on 21 April 2009
This is a serious book on innovation management. If you are looking for simplistic frameworks and lightweight analysis then don't bother with it. The authors consider innovation from many perspectives and include management implications for both firms and policy makers. A strength of the book is the chapter linking innovation management to business strategy. Perhaps more uniquely, the book looks at how technology is changing the process of innovation with the need for changing managerial capabilities in this regard.
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on 28 May 2010
Having read this book cover to cover, I must concur with what has been mentioned before about the book being full of quotes. The case studies are worth a thorough read, but the rest is more or less taken form other pre-published works. Consult your library you shall find better books. Expected a much better book from the author.
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on 9 April 2009
This book is full of useful information taken from loads of studies done by others through the years. In fact nearly every other sentence seems to be a direct quote from some other book or study. Here is a typical example:
"Good design often develops over time, coming from open-ended and uncertain starting points (Simon 1962) in which the process is evolutionary and involves a range of disciplines (Vincenti 1990)". Two quotes in one sentence. And not particularly outstanding quotes either. Just normal sentences someone wrote in a book. It seems as though the authors of "The management of technological innovation" neither have the self confidence to write their own sentences, nor derive their own conclusions from the reference material they have been through. This makes the book very uninspiring and frankly hard to get through.
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on 29 December 2010
Mark (the author) is a leading scholar in technological innovation and management for many years. It is a very good one with academic weight!
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