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How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate

How Breakthroughs Happen:The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate

Andrew Hargadon

Summarized July 2003


SKU: 7032

ISBN: 1578519047

Price: $12.50

Available Formats: pdf mp3 ipad audiobook

Summary Description

The most innovative companies create revolutionary breakthroughs year after year. But do they start with a blank sheet of paper and invent totally new technologies and products?

No! Instead, they simply find established ideas from other industries that can be applied in new ways and places.

For example, the idea for Henry Ford's famous automobile assembly line didn't come out of "thin air." He borrowed processes that were already being used in other industries to make sewing machines and cut meat.

In How Breakthroughs Happen, Andrew Hargadon explains that Ford was a "technology broker," and that the best companies innovate in the same way. Hargadon is Assistant Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis.

Based on 10 years of study into the origins of historic inventions and modern innovations -- from the lightbulb to the Reebok Pump athletic shoe -- Hargadon's work shows how "technology brokers" create an enduring capacity for breakthrough innovations.

In this summary -- which is essential listening for anyone in business today -- you'll learn how you can use technology brokering to turn your own company into an innovation factory.

Christopher Meyer and Stan Davis of the Center for Business Innovation have created a window into the future. In 10 years, the world -- including your business, your career, and your investments -- will be dramatically different than it is today. If you want to be ready to profit from those changes, you must listen to this summary!

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