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Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation

Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation

G. C. O'Connor

ISBN: 978-0-787-99664-2

Feb 2008, Jossey-Bass

368 pages

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$29.95

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Established companies are clamoring for breakthrough innovation, but are often hamstrung by the highly reliable, repeatable processes of their management systems. Based on years of research, Grabbing Lightning shows how twelve companies have tried to develop a capability for sustainable breakthrough innovation and outlines best practices for your organization.

The authors show how the management system for innovation is different from the traditional one in that it allows?and even encourages?mistakes and failures in order to promote learning. Grabbing Lightning outlines the three building blocks of breakthrough innovation (BI) and shows what it takes to become an organization that values the BI management system.

Preface ix

Introduction xv

1 Management Systems for Innovation 1

2 Assessing Your Organization’s Capacity for Breakthrough Innovation 23

3 The Discovery Competency 51

4 Incubation: The Long and Winding Road 81

5 Acceleration: Gathering Steam and Building Critical Mass 117

6 The DNA Innovation System 151

7 Incorporating the DNA: The Role of the Orchestrator 185

8 Getting Started: Initiating and Maturing an Innovation Management System 215

9 The Innovation Function 259

Appendix A: Companies Participating in the Breakthrough Innovation Research Study 275

Appendix B: Assessing Your Firm’s Breakthrough Innovation Competency 279

Notes 305

Acknowledgments 315

About the Authors 319

Index 323

Voted "Best Book of 2008" in Innovation, Strategy + Business