Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Recombinant innovation

Link - One of the best new books on innovation, How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate, by Andrew Hargadon (Harvard Business School Press, 2003), contains perhaps the most contrarian concept of how, in fact, breakthroughs do happen. It's not with out-of-the-box thinking or other facile forms of corporate creativity, but through the effects of community - the milieu, the culture, and the camaraderie in which innovators find themselves.

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