Jumping the Curve: Innovation and Strategic Choice in an Age of Transition

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In today's competitive marketplace, all organizations are faced with the same challenge?to make significant, discontinuous leaps in thinking about their products, technologies and management styles. In Jumping the Curve, internationally respected management consultants Nicholas Imparato and Oren Harari identify four strategic imperatives?innovation, intelligence, coherence, and responsibility?that will enable companies to succeed and thrive in this emerging era. Drawing on interviews, research, and firsthand ...
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Overview

In today's competitive marketplace, all organizations are faced with the same challenge?to make significant, discontinuous leaps in thinking about their products, technologies and management styles. In Jumping the Curve, internationally respected management consultants Nicholas Imparato and Oren Harari identify four strategic imperatives?innovation, intelligence, coherence, and responsibility?that will enable companies to succeed and thrive in this emerging era. Drawing on interviews, research, and firsthand observation, they connect the big picture of our changing civilization by outlining the specific actions that today's successful managers are taking to produce results.

Two internationally known management thinkers offer a historically-based framework for managing change and facing a future radically different from past or present. Having devised successful strategies for managing throughout the chaos of new eras, the authors show leaders ways to "jump the curve" to a new way of thinking. Concrete examples from interviews with thousands of managers represent a wide variety of industries that stretch around the world and have broad implications for new organizations. Index.

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Editorial Reviews

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"If I were to recommAnd that my managers read just one business book this year, Jumping the Curve would be it. The authors' historical analysis offers a fresh perspective on the challenges facing business today. And for anyone who wants to stay on the cutting edge, their insights on innovation and their advice on how to "look a customer ahead" show exactly what needs to be done on Monday morning." --Charles R. Schwab, chairman and CEO, The Charles Shwab Corporation

"A must read. Captures the guiding principles that drive business success: an orientation toward creative vigilance, an understanding of the need for unified consistency, and most importantly, a realization that customers define satisfaction." --Paul J. Orfalea, founder and chairperson, Kinko's Copy Centers

"A great guidebook for those who have discovered that the world has changed overnight. The recommAndation to build the organization around the software and the software around the customer provides insights every manager should ponder." --Paul Saffo, director, Institute for the Future

Library Journal
Imparato and Harari (both business, Univ. of San Francisco) view the transitional period in society today as the fourth major epochal change, after the Classical period, the Middle Ages, and the Modern period. They argue that to stay competitive and profitable during this transition, business must jump the curve, that is, leave "one pattern of behavior for another." Imparato and Harari's theory consists of four major principles, all of which focus on the customer as the guiding force for company practices. The authors devote two chapters to each principle and one to specific steps for implementing changes successfully. While the principles themselves are not particularly innovative, this book does the best job yet of providing a historical framework when explaining the societal changes affecting businesses today. Recommended for all businesses collections.-Gary W. White, Pennsylvania State Univ., Harrisburg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787901837
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/16/1996
  • Series: Business and Management Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

NICHOLAS IMPARATO is professor at the McLaren School of Business, University of San Francisco. A prominent speaker and consultant to organizations worldwide, he has served as a director on the boards of several public and privately-held companies. OREN HARARI is senior consultant with the Tom Peters Group and professor at the McLaren School of Business, University of San Francisco. An internationally renowned speaker and consultant, he is a regular contributor to Management Review.
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Table of Contents

Part One: Straddling Two Worlds: The Familiar and the Unknown.

1. We've Been Here Before: Historic Parallels to Our Tumultuous Age.

2. Turning Point: The World Has Never Been So Awake.

3. Rising to the Occasion: New Roles for New Times.

Part Two: Making the Leap: Strategic Choices for the Emerging Epoch.

4. The Innovation Imperative.

5. Practicing Creative Destruction.

6. The Intelligence Imperative.

7. Growing the Smart Organization.

8. The Coherence Imperative.

9. Linking Success to Values and Ideals.

10. The Responsibility Imperative.

11. Guaranteeing That the Customer Is Final Arbiter.

Epilogue: Choosing Our Destiny.

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