Breakthrough: Stories and Strategies of Radical Innovation

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In Breakthrough Mark and Barbara Stefik show us how innovation works. Drawing on stories from repeat inventors and managers of technology, they uncover the best practices for inventing the future. This book is for readers who want to know how inventors do their work, how people become inventors, and how businesses can create powerful cultures of innovation.
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Overview

In Breakthrough Mark and Barbara Stefik show us how innovation works. Drawing on stories from repeat inventors and managers of technology, they uncover the best practices for inventing the future. This book is for readers who want to know how inventors do their work, how people become inventors, and how businesses can create powerful cultures of innovation.
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"A rare balance between theoretical insights and an insider's view of the complex world of invention and discovery." Australian Financial Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262195140
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Stefik in an inventor and Research Fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he directs the Information Sciences and Technologies Laboratory.

Barbara Stefik has a doctorate in transpersonal psychology. She is in private practice and helps people to overcome creative blocks.

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Table of Contents

1 The breakthrough dilemmas 3
2 The dance of the two questions 27
3 Invention : seeing differently 47
4 Innovation : the long road 69
5 Mentoring and apprenticeship 85
6 The prepared mind and the aha! moment 115
7 The beginner's mind and play 129
8 Walking in the dark 149
9 Innovative research groups 161
10 Obstacles to radical innovation 181
11 Cultures of innovation 207
12 Innovation at the crossroads 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2005

    Packed with Knowledge!

    Mark and Barbara Stefik¿s guide to innovation is based on their belief that the new century demands that business foster inventive strategies. The authors tell inventors, entrepreneurs and managers what they can and must do to achieve breakthrough innovations. They explain the basis for innovation, the context of invention and what breakthroughs mean in terms of business strategy for the twenty-first century. The authors based their research on interviews with inventors and managers, including many from the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Their book is thorough, clearly written and packed with anecdotes, although at times it suffers from erratic organization. We find that the authors do a very good job of introducing the elements of innovation to a general business readership.

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