Selected Readings: Innovation / Lectures recommandées : innovation

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Chesbrough, Henry W; Teece, David J. When is virtual virtuous? Organizing for innovation. Harvard Business, Review, Vol: 74, Iss: 1, Date: Jan/Feb 1996, p: 65-71+.

Abstract: The notion of the virtual corporation has been significantly overestimated. It isimperative to understand the type of innovation that is being used. In some instances, joint ventures, partnerships and outsourcing can be used. But in other cases, they can be detrimental to an organization's competitive strategy. A model is presented to help managers understand how to

innovate by going virtual, when alliances should be formed, and when internal development is the best option. Cases are used to match strategy to the type of innovation being sought.

Fairtlough, Gerard. Organizing for innovation: Compartments, competences and networks. Long Range Planning, Vol: 27, Iss: 3, Date: Jun 1994, p: 88-97.

Abstract: The second half of the 1990s will usher in a new industrial paradigm and will mark a turning point in organizational thinking. Planning for innovation helps to prepare organizations for this coming change and ensures that they will have in place the flexibility and creativity to take advantage of the new paradigm. Innovative thinking can be encouraged through the use of

networks of innovation and by formulating and making widely known relevant sets of concepts which lead to innovation. Two concept-sets are: 1) the notion of organizational competencies and professional competencies, and 2) compartmentalized concepts consisting of a group of a few hundred people with the appropriate boundaries and internal communication.

Fobes, Richard. Creative problem solving: A way to forecast and create a better future. Futurist, Vol: 30, Iss: 1, Date: Jan/Feb 1996, p: 19-22.

Abstract: Creativity can solve real problems. Problem solving techniques used in business can be used to solve personal problems as well. Creativity is greatly enhanced when it is successfully used with judgemental thinking. Refining ideas is also important in problem solving. Ideas when first generated must be repackaged in order to be useful.

Higgins, James M. Innovation: The core competence. Planning Review, Vol: 23, Iss: 6, Date: Nov/Dec 1995, p: 32-35.

Abstract: An individual, a group, an organization is given something new through the process of innovation. Through creativity, an individual or an organization is able to generate profits and success. The core competence of innovation is achieved through the Equation: C + OC = I. That is, Innovation equals Creativity in the right Organizational Culture. The Innovation Quotient

Inventory is comprised of the 49 characteristics of innovative organizations including 7 of McKinsey's 7 Ss.


Updated June 07, 2001 Revised Nov 2009

Last updated: June 3 2015