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Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Overcoming the Barriers to Personal and Corporate Success



Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Overcoming the Barriers to Personal and Corporate Success

Jeffrey Lindsay, Cheryl A. Perkins, Mukund Karanjikar

ISBN: 978-0-470-46007-8 July 2009 304 Pages


This practical guide reveals the nine major “fatigue factors” that can block the path to innovation success, along with solutions to energize innovation. Original advances in innovation practice and new case studies are applied to guide inventors, entrepreneurs, companies, universities, and even policy makers in conquering innovation fatigue. Cost-effective solutions include guidance on intellectual assets, dealing with disruptive innovation, and driving innovation using the “Horn of Innovation” and “Circuit of Innovation” models. A surprising view of DaVinci as an engine of open innovation is presented. Throughout the book, a unique aspect is exploring the journey of innovators, including corporate employees and entrepreneurs, at the often-overlooked personal level using the metaphor of immigrants in a strange land to identify barriers and solutions.

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Part I: Introduction.

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Innovation Fatigue.

Chapter 2 The Funnel vs. the “Horn of Innovation”.

Part II: People Fatigue—Problems at the Individual Level.

Chapter 3 Enduring Innovation Fatigue: Another Look at Television.

Chapter 4 Fatigue Factor #1: Theft and Exploitation.

Chapter 5 Fatigue Factor #2: Innovator Deficiencies.

Chapter 6 Fatigue Factor #3: The “Not Invented Here” Syndrome—An Irrational Lack of Exuberance.

Part III: Fatigue Factors in the Organization (Strategy, Culture, Actions).

Chapter 7 Fatigue Factor #4: The Silent Innovation Killer—Breaking the Will to Share.

Chapter 8 Unintended Consequences: Reinventing HP.

Chapter 9 Fatigue Factor #5: Fundamental Flaws in Decision Making and Vision.

Chapter 10 Fatigue Factor #6: Open Innovation Fatigue.

Chapter 11 Case Study on Overcoming Fatigue: Hi-Tech Gems from the “Low-Tech” Paper Industry.

Part IV: External Fatigue Factors.

Chapter 12 Fatigue Factor #7: Patent Pain: Barriers to Intellectual Property Protection.

Chapter 13 When Questionable Patents Are Allowed to Sprout: Another Form of Patent Fatigue.

Chapter 14 Fatigue Factor #8: Regulatory Pain: Challenges in Policy, Regulation, and Law.

Chapter 15 Orion Energy Systems: Creative Solutions to External Fatigue.

Chapter 16 Fatigue Factor #9: University-Industry Barriers.

Chapter 17 Innovation Fatigue in the Pulp and Paper Industries (Forest Bioproducts): Why “Innovestment” Matters.

Part V: Further Guidance.

Chapter 18 Guidance for the Lone and Corporate Inventor.

Chapter 19 Energizing Theory: Disruptive Innovation and Disruptive IA.

Chapter 20 Further Guidance for Management.

Chapter 21 Da Vinci in the Boardroom?

Chapter 22 The Impact of Financials on Innovation.

Chapter 23 Guidance to Government and Policy Influencers.

Chapter 24 Summary.


"Jeff Lindsay, Cheryl Perkins, and Muknd Karanjikar have written a book that aspires to give innovators, and all others who have a stake in seeing good new ideas become reality, a road map to developing the practical intelligence needed to succeed or to facilitate the success of others. Those who are inventing the next wave of clever solutions will find this useful." (PsycCRITIQUES, January 20, 2010)