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BW Names Best Innovation and Design Books of 2008
December 31, 2008, 1:21 PM
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In mid-December, BusinessWeek created a list of the top 10 best 2008 innovation and design books. We’re proud to say that we have covered at least 4 of these titles in one summary, two featured book reviews, and one speed review.


  • The New Age of Innovation by C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan: In the new age of innovation and corporate growth, business processes must be able to smoothly connect consumers and resources and at the same time manage the necessities that ensure efficiency and flexibility. Managers must become skilled at real-time actions that are event and consumer specific. Leaders will need to imagine and inspire. To accomplish the transformation that companies are faced with in order to compete globally, Prahalad and Krishnan offer a strategic plan.


  • The Game-Changer by A.G. Lafley and Ram Charan: A.G. Lafley, chairman and CEO of P&G, and well-known author Ram Charan team up to show why innovation must be made central to the goals, strategy, structure, systems, culture, leadership, and motivating purpose and values of your business to create sustained and ever-improving organic revenue growth and profits. Based on experience and research, the authors offer a new management process for making innovation central to every driver of your business.


  • Groundswell by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff: The groundswell is defined as a social trend in which people are using technologies to get what they need from each other instead of from companies. The authors explain the groundswell and then lay out basic tools to understand it. The final section of Groundswell shows how you can successfully make use of the groundswell within your company now and in the future. Solid research backs up this timely book.


  • The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam: Roam touts the advantages of learning to utilize visual thinking through the use of hand-drawn pictures to get to the heart of complex matters and to identify the most effective way to present information. “Any problem can be made clearer with a picture,” he says, “and any picture can be created using the same set of tools and rules.”

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