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Overview

Debra M. Amidon, a worldwide pioneer in knowledge strategy, once again leads you into the future by charting the intersection of knowledge management and innovation into a new frontier called 'Knowledge Innovation.' Groundbreaking and well researched, 'The Innovation SuperHighway' provides global insights into how you can use knowledge processes and tools to sustain high levels of innovation among all stakeholders to gain a competitive positioning.


'The Innovation SuperHighway' awakens the realization that information, economic infrastructures, computer and communications technology - and even knowledge management and ICT's, has been a journey toward profitable and prosperous innovation. Providing the sound rationale for knowledge strategy, Amidon defines the global vision on all levels of economy—the enterprise, the national economy and societal transformation.

'The Innovation SuperHighway' turns knowledge vision into innovation practice.

Audience: Knowledge professionals worldwide, KM practitioners and consultants, innovation strategists and policy makers, managers and executives, MBA students and academics in innovation policy and methods, and strategy.

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"Debra makes innovation a central topic with decentralized (but) networked organizations. This paradigm is an important finding, since most big companies tend to re-centralize their innovation-processes to have better control!!!" - Joachim Doering, Sr. Vice President, Information Communications network, Siemens A.G.



"Debra Amidon - a globally leading knowledge pioneer for decades - leverages how past experience is the key to visualizing the emerging longitude patterns of the Future through knowledge innovation. This book is a milestone in the knowledge field. She has put the spotlight on the two major dimensions - enterprising as well as innovations. The methodologies and international network outlined in this book represent a true global entrepreneurial spirit for nourishing intellectual capital." - Leif Edvinsson, CEO of UNIC and author of 'Intellectual Capital and Corporate Longitude'


"If the 21st century is to be characterised by a profound shift towards a knowledge-based economic infrastructure then we cannot simply expect knowledge, innovation and learning to emerge serendipitously. Debra Amidon brings clarity of thought and a timely contribution to this important debate and demonstrates that we must develop strategies that connect hitherto compartmentalised components of our innovation pipelines." - Dr. Michael Kelleher, Director, the European Union KALiF Project


"This is truly a landmark book and highly recommended as essential reading for those needed to lead innovation practices between functions of an organization, companies within industries, across sectors of the economy and among nations of the world. Debra suggests - and I concur - that innovating our future through human creativity - beyond technology and beyond content - is the key for wealth-generation in the 21st century. In this decisive book, Debra has been exceptionally skilled in building consensus and working complex issues that require collaboration - with sensitivity and resoluteness" - Dr. George Kozmetsky, Founder of Teledyne and winner of the National Medal of Technology


"In this book, Debra Amidon provides a summary of the new fundamentals of Knowledge and Innovation - plus the 'how to's' for Leadership/Leverage of these forces into the future. This is a must-read for Board members and executives charged with the responsibility of choosing future directions and ensuring the sustainability of their organizations." - Doug Macnamara, CEO, Banff Executive Leadership Inc.


"Debra provides a sustainable path forward in what is a defining moment in the history of our society as we determine the kind of world our children"s children will inherit. We should all take heed." - Dr. Thomas F. Malone, Distinguished Scholar Emeritus, North Carolina State University


"Debra"s compelling vision of The Innovation Superhighway - beyond KM and information management - connects all multidisciplinary, planetary talents and uses collective intelligence to build the future. As many other words in the global context, the definition has evolved beyond invention into multi-facetted innovation: comportmental (new attitudes), organizational (new structures), educational (new ways of learning), economic (new values), and motivations. No one can stop our collective imagination." - Dr. Eunika Mercier-Laurent, CEO of EML Conseil and Professor of IAE Lyon
University


"Debra Amidon combines vision and practice in this pioneering book. Her vision aims very high and her examples are very concrete. She herself has been practicing what she preaches and the book is full of live and powerful examples, many taken from her own experience. You will find out why we all need to move from knowledge management to innovation through collaboration and how it has already been done by an international network of experts led by the author." - Dr. Edna Pasher, author of "The Hidden Values of the Desert - the Intellectual Capital of Israel," and co-editor of "From Knowledge to Value - Unfolding the Innovation Cube"


"This book is a milestone in the global evolution of thinking on growth and innovation. Full of thought-provoking, visionary knowledge nuggets that cannot be missed by anyone trying to shape the future - of his company, society or nation. In times when future is not anymore like it used to be, we all need a crash-course in mastering volatility. Debra's vision of an Innovation Superhighway is so compelling, that it can change the way we think about strategy in the knowledge economy." - Tomasz Rudolf, student at Warsaw Institute of Economics


"In this timely text, Amidon addresses the essence of the key challenge we face in the knowledge era: the constant need to innovate for individuals, organizations and societies. Its architect, Debra Amidon, inspires and weaves a worldwide conversation that embodies the message she brings to life for so many people around the world. It is a privilege to be part of her Network and share in its evolution." - Hubert Saint-Onge, former VP Clarica, Advisor for Know Inc. and co-author of 'Leveraging Communities of Practice for Strategic Advantage'


"Debra Amidon is our Sherpa guide who moves us beyond "knowledge as a thing to be slice and diced" to "knowledge as a process of discovery in community." The Innovation SuperHighway is an invitation to us all to roll up our sleeves and co-build a new foundation for a world economy. Now, the twin towers of the World Trade Center may be replaced by a new foundation of understanding so that we can enhance the "world trade of ideas" on a global scale. We have learned to value, appreciate, and be inspired by the uniqueness in one another and one another"s cultures." - Dr. Charles M. Savage, CEO of Knowledge Era Enterprises, Inc. and author of 'Fifth Generation Management'


"This is the breakthrough innovation book of the decade. Thoughtful, inspirational, visionary...the book we have all been waiting for to help guide us into the future. It is what you get when you combine a brilliant mind with a wonderful writer." - Lynne Schneider, CEO ESSI and co-author of 'Non-traditional Warfare: 21st Century Threats and Responses'


"A kaleidoscope of possibilities is revealed in this new masterpiece. Debra M. Amidon may be the next Peter Drucker with her own strategic blueprint for the knowledge tomorrow with global visibility, sustainability and collaborative advantage." - Xenia Stanford, CEO of Stanford Solutions, Inc. and Editor of KnowMap


"Clearly a seminal work, laying a blueprint, and synthesizing two principal drivers, for the 21st century economy: innovation and knowledge management." - Michael Stankosky, Associate Professor and co-director, Institute for Knowledge Management, The George Washington University
George Kozmetsky
This is truly a landmark book and highly recommended as essential reading for those needed to lead innovation practices between functions of an organization, companies within industries, across sectors of the economy and among nations of the world. Debra suggests - and I concur - that innovating our future through human creativity - beyond technology and beyond content - is the key for wealth-generation in the 21st century. In this decisive book, Debra has been exceptionally skilled in building consensus and working complex issues that require collaboration - with sensitivity and resoluteness.
Leif Edvinsson
Debra Amidon - a globally leading knowledge pioneer for decades - leverages how past experience is the key to visualizing the emerging longitude patterns of the Future through knowledge innovation. This book is a milestone in the knowledge field. She has put the spotlight on the two major dimensions - enterprising as well as innovations. The methodologies and international network outlined in this book represent a true global entrepreneurial spirit for nourishing intellectual capital.
Hubert Saint-Onge
In this timely text, Amidon addresses the essence of the key challenge we face in the knowledge era: the constant need to innovate for individuals, organizations and societies. Its architect, Debra Amidon, inspires and weaves a worldwide conversation that embodies the message she brings to life for so many people around the world. It is a privilege to be part of her Network and share in its evolution.
Joachim Doering
Debra makes innovation a central topic with decentralized (but networked organizations. This paradigm is an important finding, since most big companies tend to re-centralize their innovation-processes to have better control!!!
Thomas F. Malone
Debra provides a sustainable path forward in what is a defining moment in the history of our society as we determine the kind of world our children's children will inherit. We should all take heed.
Eunika Mercier-Laurent
Debra's compelling vision of The Innovation Superhighway – beyond KM and information management - connects all multidisciplinary, planetary talents and uses collective intelligence to build the future. As many other words in the global context, the definition has evolved beyond invention into multi-facetted innovation: comportmental (new attitudes, organizational (new structures, educational (new ways of learning, economic (new values, and motivations. No one can stop our collective imagination.
Charles M. Savage
Debra Amidon is our Sherpa guide who moves us beyond ‘knowledge as a thing to be slice and diced' to ‘knowledge as a process of discovery in community.' The Innovation SuperHighway is an invitation to us all to roll up our sleeves and co-build a new foundation for a world economy. Now, the twin towers of the World Trade Center may be replaced by a new foundation of understanding so that we can enhance the ‘world trade of ideas' on a global scale. We have learned to value, appreciate, and be inspired by the uniqueness in one another and one another's cultures.
Lynne Schneider
This is the breakthrough innovation book of the decade. Thoughtful, inspirational, visionary...the book we have all been waiting for to help guide us into the future. It is what you get when you combine a brilliant mind with a wonderful writer.
Xenia Stanford
A kaleidoscope of possibilities is revealed in this new masterpiece. Debra M. Amidon may be the next Peter Drucker with her own strategic blueprint for the knowledge tomorrow with global visibility, sustainability and collaborative advantage.
Michael Stankosky
Clearly a seminal work, laying a blueprint, and synthesizing two principal drivers, for the 21st century economy: innovation and knowledge management.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750675925
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; The innovation frontier: A global imperative: sustainability (why); The knowledge value proposition: the business case (what); Migration from strategic planning to innovation strategy (how); Architecting a future: Knowledge economics; Knowledge structure; Knowledge workers; Knowledge process; Knowledge processing technology; The globe as a network: ENTOVATION - a case story; The E100 global momentum of knowledge strategy; Trends of innovation strategy; Innovation leadership in practice: Modern knowledge leadership; Exemplar Ken practitioners; Evolving innovation infrastructures; The Millennium vision: The knowledge millennium generation; Blueprint for 21st century innovation; Creating the world trade of ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    A Must Have Executive Read!

    Knowledge, Innovation, Cooperation, Intellectual Capital Realization . . . This book unleashes the key to the future of commerce and growth. A must have read for every forward thinking manager!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    Travel the Innovation Superhighway with This Book

    Anything Debra Amidon writes could not possibly be out of sync with me and most of the Association of Knowledgework (AOK) network because she is a fundamental cornerstone in my own cache of knowledge savvy and, by association, the 3500 or so in my own network. We go back several years and much of what I know she taught me. Add to that a Forward written by three luminaries including AOK STAR Series Dialogue alumni Leif Edvinsson of Sweden and Hubert Saint-Onge of Canada, and what more recommendation could you need. By the way for those of you who were not with AOK in the beginning, Debra was also one of AOK's first volunteer moderators in the STAR seat. In fact, the subject I asked Debra to focus on back in the March 2001 Dialogue was Knowledge Architecture. Out of that, she produced an Architectural Primer for Knowledge Innovation and now Innovation Architecture enjoys a high profile throughout the new book. However, to avoid the appearance of an Admiration Society here, and to address the contrary views of others, I'll also share some of the occasional criticism I've received of her previous work in order to compare it to the new book. A few AOK members have told me, over the years, that they admire the history and depth of knowledge Debra always brings to the table, but some have found it, well, over their heads. I must admit that Debra's intellect quite often leaves me breathless and wondering what it is I may have missed because my brain works so slowly compared to hers. "The Information Superhighway" isn't like that. The minute I got my hands on the book I rushed to the Table of Contents and then to the chapter titled Knowledge Workers to see if my considerable understanding and limited intellect would appreciate what she had to say. First words: "The knowledge economy has placed our attention on the human being -- where it belongs!" I did not add the exclamation point, although I would have read it that way without the punctuation! She goes on: "But the real architectural issue ... may be a matter of psychology, how they are motivated to innovate." Both of those thoughts fit perfectly into the theme of our own budding book. While others are just now beginning to broaden their vision of the Knowledge Age beyond the narrow scope of Knowledge Management, Debra has always seen the big picture, always thought in terms of INNOVATION -- knowledge in action. So, despite her sometimes aura of academic, she has always been focused on practical outcomes. What particularly struck me about the content of this book was that it isn't all about knowledge innovation according to Debra Amidon. Rather, it is from cover to cover a sharing of all she has learned from others through real-life experiences, practices and knowledge exchange while travelling and teaching throughout the world. And, yes, it is also a sharing of the enormous understanding she has gained by tireless networking, learning and generation of ideas uniquely hers. As savvy as she is, Debra Amidon continues to learn and lead by listening to all of us. Chapter 13 presents the wisdom of several of the members of her select Entovation 100 network, some of them familiar, most of them not. She calls E100 a "diagonal cross section" of the field and somehow she fits me in there (not in the book, but in the 100.) Incidentally, there is a hidden nugget in this book that summarizes the world condition that creates the global innovation highway. Its the cover description: "The world is now our manageable landscape. Connections are made East-to-West, North-to-South with many nodes in between. But The Innovation SuperHighway is not only a physical infrastructure, albeit technical and electronic. It is human - a function of insight, interaction and imagination resident in the minds, hearts

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