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Innovation: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Mark Dodgson and David Gann

August 2018

ISBN: 9780198825043

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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What is innovation? How can it be used? Why is failure so common in the process of innovation? This Very Short Introduction looks at what innovation is, what it has done for us, and why it has been so important in the last 150 years.

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What is innovation? How can it be used? Why is failure so common in the process of innovation? This Very Short Introduction looks at what innovation is, what it has done for us, and why it has been so important in the last 150 years.

  • Demonstrates how innovation is used to create wealth, productivity growth, and improved quality of life
  • Considers future disruptive technologies such as AI, discussing their implications for work and employment
  • Looks at the process of innovation, the ways organizations use their resources to innovate, and the eventual outcomes of innovation
  • Explores innovation emerging from and for use in developing countries, such as digital money
  • Considers how we consume the products of innovation
  • Explains why failure in innovation is so common but at the same time so necessary
  • Examines how the innovation process is stimulated by new technologies such as the internet
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Mark Dodgson, Professor of Innovation Studies, University of Queensland, and David Gann, Professor and Vice-President (Innovation) at Imperial College London

Mark Dodgson's research interests are in the areas of corporate strategies and govenment policies for technology and innovation. He has authored over 50 articles and book chapters, as well as written seven books. Mark is currently Professor of Innovation Studies at the University of Queensland.

David Gann, CBE, is Professor and Vice-President (Innovation) at Imperial College London, and is responsible for a large portfolio of research in collaboration with firms in design, manufacturing, engineering, and construction.

Together they edited The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management, (OUP, 2014), with Nelson Phillips.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Josiah Wedgwood: the world's greatest innovator
    2:Joseph Schumpeter's gales of creative destruction
    3:London's wobbly bridge: learning from failure
    4:Stephanie Kwolek's new polymer: from labs to riches
    5:Thomas Edison's organizational genius
    6:Innovating the future
    References
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"This is one of the most thoughtful, succinct and useful introductions to innovation I have read." - David Willetts, formerly UK Minister for Universities and Science, author of A University Education.