Innovation books summer reading

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Summer reading by innovation thinkers for all of us

July 12, 2017

Selected Books

If you are counting the days until the summer holidays, and don’t know what books to pack yet, stay with us. We’ve handpicked a list of the latest editions for curious minds and innovation practitioners on untold stories, state-of-the-art trends and lessons learnt by those making innovation come together in businesses worldwide.

  • The One Device: The Secret History of iPhone by Brian Merchant: Brian unveils new details in the story of the “invention that changed everything”. In a series of interviews with engineers, inventors and developers involved in the project, he gives readers a backstage, privileged view of one of the most enigmatic firms of all time.
  • Ubertrends: How Trends and Innovation are Transforming Our Future by Michael Tchong: An expert on disruptions that reinvent markets, Michael helps readers connect the dots and identify the eight major forces behind most trends and innovations today, from time compression to the “Generation X-tasy – Been There, Done That”. This book invites you to look closely at these “massive waves cascading through society” that are changing America’s values and behaviours.
  • Innovation and its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies by Calestous Juma: Drawing on nearly 600 years of economic history, the professor at Harvard Kennedy School explains the roots of resistance to new technologies, a debate which AI has recently reignited. Using case studies of electricity, recorded music and transgenic crops, among others, he contextualises contemporary debates and outlines policy strategies for inclusive innovation to reduce the risks and maximise the benefits of new technologies.
  • Innovation Secrets from the Front Lines by Susan Marcinelli: Getting tangible results from innovation is an ever-present concern for managers and executives across geographies and sectors. Susan Marcinelli has written a business leaders’ guide to creating repeatable innovation and new sources of growth, also showing you how to really connect with your employees and customers.
  • The Tea Strategy by Olivier Zara: From the paradoxical management through to agility, value creation and innovation, Olivier’s book analyses the seven challenges that any organisation must address and engage in to ensure continual development in our uncertain, complex world.
  • “Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age by Greg Satell: Welcome to a roadmap for those confronted with the dilemma “innovate or die”. Greg shares relevant insights and frameworks to create your own innovation playbook, providing managers with a strategic tool in a disruptive era.
  • Extreme Innovation: 3 Superpowers for Purpose and Profit by Sandy Carter: CEOs everywhere are struggling with innovation, competing for talent, market opportunities and dealing with worldwide threats. Yet 81% say their teams and companies are not equipped to meet such challenges. Sandy lays down best practices for extreme innovation and for how to develop three new key superpowers: speed, synergy and intelligence.
  • The Business of Innovation by Jay Mitra: Combining contemporary economic and social theory, Jay sets out to “track, trace, and provide testimonies of innovation practice” in different sized enterprises worldwide. Innovation and business management students and practitioners can here learn more about how and where global innovation takes place and who makes it work, including specific references to innovative women.
  • The Innovation Revolution: Discover the Genius Hiding in Plain Sight by K. Melissa Kennedy: Melissa’s bestselling book is a call to arms, to develop new professional and organisational competences, as well as a mindset where we learn to say no to random innovation efforts that don’t work. She incites you to recapture productivity, excitement and competitive edge, ensuring smart speed to ideas, impacts and results.
  • Models of Innovation – The History of an Idea by Benoît Godin: From the early twentieth century to the late 1980s, Benoît Godin, Professor at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montreal, examines the emergence, diffusion and history of the three fundamental models of innovation: stage models, linear models and holistic models.
  • How to Use Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace by Patrick Collister: If you are hungry to increase productivity, problem-solving and improve working relationships, Patrick wrote this for you. A creative director with over 25 years’ experience, he introduces new ways and practical techniques to stimulate productivity and the exchange of ideas in the workplace, highlighting the potential of technological and digital platforms.

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