Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World

Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World

by Melissa A Schilling


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610397926
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 122,770
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Melissa A. Schilling is the John Herzog Family professor of management and organizations at New York University's Stern School of Business, and one of the world's leading experts on innovation. Her textbook, Strategic Management of Technological Innovation (now in its fifth edition), is the number one innovation strategy text in the world, and is available in seven languages. Dr. Schilling is also a coauthor of Strategic Management: An Integrated Approach, now in its 12th edition and one of the world's leading strategic management textbooks in the world.

Professor Schilling's doctorate in strategic management is from the University of Washington where her dissertation research analyzed technology standards battles in high technology industries. She sought answers to questions such as "How and why are dominant technologies chosen in 'winner-take-all' industries?" and "How do managers make the difficult choice between protecting their technologies with patents or copyrights, versus rapidly disseminating them to build support for their technologies?" This work positioned her on the forefront of research on innovation strategy, with expertise on industries such as smartphones, computers, software, and video games. Dr. Schilling subsequently expanded her research to include other high technology industries such as biotech, renewable energy, and electric vehicles. Her articles on innovation, creativity, alliances, and modularity have appeared in leading journals such Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Research Policy and Harvard Business Review.

Table of Contents


"Don't tell me it's Impossible. Tell me you can't do it." 1

What Makes Some People Spectacularly Innovative?

1 "I gang my own gait.…" 21

A Sense of "Separateness"

2 "He's like a walking moonshot." 63

Extreme Confidence

3 "Ideas came in an uninterrupted stream.…" 87

The Creative Mind

4 "Once she had recognized a certain way as a right one, she pursued it without compromise.…" 123

A Higher Purpose

5 "Work made the Earth a paradise for me." 157

Driven to Work

6 "The sixties produced an anarchic mind-set.…" 187

Opportunities and Challenges of an Era

7 "It's not about the money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.…" 211

Access to Resources

8 "You get creative people, you bet big on them, you give them enormous leeway and support.…" 245

Nurturing the Potential That Lies Within

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 265

Selected References 289

Index 299

Photo section between pages 262-263

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