The Power Of Little Ideas

Author: David Robertson
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 1633691691
Size: 55.95 MB
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Conventional wisdom today says that to survive, companies must move beyond incremental, sustaining innovation and invest in some form of radical innovation. "Disrupt yourself or be disrupted!" is the relentless message company leaders hear. The Power of Little Ideas argues there's a "third way" that is neither sustaining nor disruptive. This low-risk, high-reward strategy is an approach to innovation that all company leaders should understand so that they recognize it when their competitors practice it, and apply it when it will give them a competitive advantage. This distinctive approach has three key elements: It consists of creating a family of complementary innovations around a product or service, all of which work together to make that product more appealing and competitive. The complementary innovations work together as a system to carry out a single strategy or purpose. Crucially, unlike disruptive or radical innovation, innovating around a key product does not change the central product in any fundamental way. In this powerful, practical book, Wharton professor David Robertson illustrates how many well-known companies, including CarMax, GoPro, LEGO, Gatorade, Disney, USAA, Novo Nordisk, and many others, used this approach to stave off competitive threats and achieve great success. He outlines the organizational practices that unintentionally torpedo this approach to innovation in many companies and shows how organizations can overcome those challenges. Aimed at leaders seeking strategies for sustained innovation, and at the quickly growing numbers of managers involved with creating new products, The Power of Little Ideas provides a logical, organic, and enduring third way to innovate.

Defense Innovation Handbook

Author: Adedeji B. Badiru
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351686518
Size: 53.57 MB
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Innovation is the lifeline of national development. This handbook is a collection of chapters that provide techniques and methodologies for achieving the transfer of defense-targeted science and technology development for general industrial applications. The handbook shows how to translate theory and ideas into practical applications. Experts from national defense institutions, government laboratories, business, and industry contributed chapters to this handbook. The handbook also serves as an archival guide for nations, communities, and businesses expecting to embark upon science and technology transfer to industry. Included are several domestic and international case examples of practical innovation. Since the dawn of history, nations have engrossed themselves in developing new tools, techniques, and methodologies to protect their geographical boundaries. From the crude implements used by prehistorical people to very modern technologies, the end game has been the same. That is, to protect the homeland. Even in times of peace, efforts must be made to develop new machinery, equipment, processes, and devices targeted for the protection of the nation. The emergence of organized nations and structured communities facilitated even more innovative techniques of national defense. Evolution, revolution, and innovation have defined human existence for millennia. From the Ice Age to the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and to the modern age, innovation, rudimentary as it may be in many cases, has determined how humans move from one stage to the next. This comprehensive handbook provides a clear guide on the nuances of initiating and actualizing innovation. Both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of innovation are covered in the handbook. Features: Uses a systems framework to zero in on science and technology transfer Focuses on leveraging technical developments in defense organizations for general societal applications Coalesces the transfer strategies collated from various sources and practical applications Represents a world-class diverse collection of science and technology development, utilization, and transfer Highlights a strategy for government, academia, and industry partnerships

Crisis Management Strategy

Author: Simon A. Booth
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317292715
Size: 48.69 MB
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Crisis Management Strategy, first published in 1993, is an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of crisis management in modern enterprises. Simon Booth examines the conventional approaches followed by many firms in the face of change and crisis. He warns of the dangers of theories which oversimplify the causes of crisis and their possible solutions, and which overlook the individual nature of each firm and its environment. Instead, a dynamic new vision of crisis management is offered, which takes into account different kinds of crisis demanding diverse solutions. The key role of leadership is also evaluated in relation to both internally and externally generated crises. Drawing on case studies of leading firms facing crisis solutions in a variety of environments, this truly international volume will provide valuable insight into the experience of crisis, risk and uncertainty. This title will be of interest to students of business.

Production And Operations Management

Author: Martin Starr
Publisher: Atomic Dog Publishing
ISBN: 9781592600939
Size: 12.57 MB
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This text has been developed through extensive research to reflect both the new practices and traditional concepts that instructors feel are important for students to know. Starr uses real-world themes such as quality, technology, people and teamwork, globalization, service and manufacturing, environmental awareness and initiatives, and problem solving. Four real-world cases are included spotlighting Tom's of Maine, Rosenbluth International, Global Concepts Inc. at Celestica's Facility in Little Rock, and the Saturn Corporation on quality, service, smart technology, and the environment, respectively. This text follows a systems approach that is both systematic and constructive. Starr integrates OM decisions with the functional areas of business whose challenge is to make the firm perform as a team. It combines the methods of analysis and synthesis, which lead to better decisions and problem-solving skills for complex situations. This text has been developed through extensive research to reflect both the new practices and traditional concepts that instructors feel are important for students to know. Starr uses real-world themes such as quality, technology, people and teamwork, globalization, service and manufacturing, environmental awareness and initiatives, and problem solving. Four real-world cases are included spotlighting Tom's of Maine, Rosenbluth International, Global Concepts Inc. at Celestica's Facility in Little Rock, and the Saturn Corporation on quality, service, smart technology, and the environment, respectively. This text follows a systems approach that is both systematic and constructive. Starr integrates OM decisions with the functional areas of business whose challenge is to make the firm perform as a team. It combines the methods of analysis and synthesis, which lead to better decisions and problem-solving skills for complex situations.