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Our members often mention books they have read and found interesting and helpful. Here are some of their suggestions, many related to innovation

Recommendations from EIRMA Members

  • Business Model Generation: A practical, inspiring handbook for anyone striving to improve a business model - Recommended by Peter Alberius (YKI Institute for Surface Chemistry)

Books and Publications

"Innovation and Entrepreneurship" explores the process by which innovation is created and proposes a model for creating innovation - on a massive scale. Building on new research and years of experience with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Dr Daria Tataj describes the dynamic architecture of global innovation networks, how these networks overlap and how a switching capacity between them leads to accumultation of talent, knowledge and capital.

With an analysis of innovation in the United States, China and with a special emphasis on Europe, "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" answer the question "Why do innovation hubs emerge and how can this process be replicated?" If you are seeking to create innovation as a CEO, entrepreneur, policy maker or university leader, "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" will demonstrate the precise mechanisms that allow innovation hubs to attract global talent, risk capital and accumulate knowledge. 


Managing Innovation Family CoverCorporate Venturing almost sounds like a contradictio in terminis. Can Colossal, slow and inflexible dinosaurs live and work together with small, agile and entrepreunarial ventures? In this book Corina Kuiper and Fred van Ommen describe why and how Corporates can successfully use venturing to create new business that is crucial for their ling term survival. Corporate Venturing should be regarded as part of the company's innovation family, where babies and teenagers are the new business initiatives and the parents and grandparents represent the established business. The book is an 'essential reference for anyone interested in corporate venturing. It is full of helpful insights, and is illustrated with loads of great examples', according to Henry Chesbrough, professor at UC Berkeley and author of Open Innovation. 

Jan Verloop spent his career in research and innovation management with Shell. In this book, he succinctly explains how to manage innovation to become an effective business process by understanding the laws on innovation. His approach is structured around twelve "laws of innovation" which state, in effect, that innovation is a business process that requires staging, is opportunity driven, requires external partners, needs diversity, is risk, is done to create options, needs balanced value drivers and requires commitment from the top. The book is based on experiences gained during the development and implementation of a new Technology Strategy for Shell Global Solutions. From supporting some of the world's leading chemical and oil products research for the Shell group as a whole, Shell Global Solutions found itself charged with becoming a commercially viable company in its own right.

EIRMA Individual Member, Georges Haour of IMD examines the challenges facing CEOs in globally expanding their R&D resources. Lying at the heart of his solution is bold leadership, an entrepreunarial mindset, and a new concept called Distributed Innovation.

EIRMA Individual Member, Georges Haour of IMD shows how to put innovation for longer-term growth in the center of the CEO radar. One tool is distributed innovation. Distributed innovation offers companies two main benefits. First, companies raise revenue by using channels such as licensing and selling innovation projects. Second, companies extensively tap into external technical know-how, combining it seamlessly with their internal capabilities to develop high impact products and services. In this way, less constrained by their own internal technical capabilities, such firms gain in agility and effectiveness. Resolving the Innovation Paradox offers examples from companies such as Generics, Intel, Nokia and Samsung.

  • Business-Driven R&D Management (out of print)

Ashok Ganguly draws on 35 years experience, including seven years as worldwide Director of Research and Development at Unilever. His book, published in 1999, appeared after the need for business focus had been recognised, and during the period when appropriate tools were being developed, and discusses the need to make R&D unambiguously business-led; for formal project teams; to link R&D to long-term business goals; and to gain real benefit from formal academic partnerships; and describes real time world-wide innovation networks. These points remain very true today.

Innovation in Industrial Research gives new and experienced researchers insight into how they can improve the quality of their industrial research. It discusses the methods currently available to researchers, from quality tools to the scientific method. Key aspects of research are covered, including: publications, patents, ethics and management of project teams.
The book also examines responsible conduct in research, and illustrates mistakes made by researchers and how these can affect the reputation of the research being undertaken or the institutions involved. Finally, the author analyses ways of achieving innovation in industrial research.
Innovation in Industrial Research is a valuable resource for researchers working for industries or the public sector, managers of research projects, consultants and graduate students.

Open Innovation and Co-Opetition

Perspectives from India, Mary Mathew and C.E. Veni Madhavan. Academia and especially the higher education institutions have a pioneering role to play in the context of a global innovation eco-system. Using Western literature as a base, this paper makes a qualitative judgement on the Indian experience.

Henry Chesborough's book established the term Open Innovation as paradigm for marshalling all available resources in bringing new technologies to market. The book includes case studies (Xerox-PARC), IBM, Intel, and Lucent) showing the open innovation paradigm in all its potential, and risk. 

Henry W Chesbrough, (HBS Press, 2006) Knowledge is no longer concentrated in a few centres of learning - universities, the government, a handful of companies big enough to support major R&D efforts. Today, it is everywhere. This book describes how to develop business models that successfully take advantage of the value that open innovation offers.

Adam M. Brandenburger & Barry Nalebuff ISBN 0-385-47950-6 Co-opetition associates strategic behaviour of cooperation and competition between 2 or more companies using game strategies. It helps transparency, collective intelligence, new communities of practice.

Gene Slowinski, Alliance Management Group Inc., 2006 To compete effectively in today’s business environment, firms are using strategic alliances to link their resources with those of other world-class organizations. They are replacing the "not invented here" syndrome with the "invented anywhere approach". The author discusses how Open Innovation is transforming the nature of competition in industry.

R&D Management

One of the classic texts on linking research and business strategy, Third Generation R&D, written by three senior consultants from Arthur D. Little, relate how R&D management evolved from the naive strategy of hope approach of the 1950s and 1960s, when companies spent lavishly in the vague expectation that something good would result, to a more systematic approach. Written in 1991, it was clear that a new generation of R&D management was needed, one that makes the connection between R&D and broader issues of corporate strategy. The third generation of R&D provided a pragmatic method for linking R&D to long-term business planning. The book shows how to integrate technology and research capabilities with overall management and strategy; break down organizational barriers that isolate R&D from the rest of the company; foster a spirit of partnership and trust between R&D and other units; and create managed portfolios of R&D projects that match corporate goals.

The new realities of competition beg a new approach to innovation and R&D, Fourth Generation R&D sketches a powerful new paradigm for planning and managing innovation.

Innovation Management

by Rishikesha Kirshman who was one of the keynote speakers at the 2011 Annual Conference. You can also view his blog here.

by European Institute for Technology and Innovation

Curtis R. Carlson & William W. Wilmot, 2006 The authors describe how a disciplined approach to innovation—the successful creation and delivery of a new or improved product or service—will provide value for customers and organizations alike and offer a systematic way to make innovation practical and sustainable for any enterprise. 

Joe Tidd, John Bessant, Keith Pavitt, Wiley, 2006. Provides readers with the knowledge to understand, and the skills to manage, innovation at the operational and strategic levels, integrating the management of market, organizational and technological change to improve the competitiveness of firms.

Landgon Morris, Innovation Academy Publ. (2006) The notion of permanent innovation may at first seems to be a contradiction. The concept of permanence implies stability and the absence of change. How to combine these two? 

Michael Schrage, Harvard Business School Press (1999) The author refers to the process of innovation and how to improve that process in companies. He examines many aspects of prototyping and describes how they fit into the innovation process. The increasing availability of inexpensive, quick-to-create computer-based prototypes makes understanding this process important.

by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business Review, October 2006, document R0611C Never a fad, but always in or out of fashion, innovation gets rediscovered as a growth enabler every half dozen years.

Arthur D. Little's very interesting perspectives on innovation in companies in its Prism Reports Semestral series.

Gifford Pinchot,& Ron Pellman (Paperback, 1999) This practical guide, written by the pioneers of intrapreneuring, shows how to create a climate of innovation that brings out the entrepreneurial spirit of the organization.

Scenario Thinking and Foresight

Clayton M. Christensen, Scott D. Anthony, Erik A. Roth Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change.

Malcolm Gladwell This book presents a new way of understanding why change so often happens as quickly and as unexpectedly as it does. It seems that ideas, behaviour , messages and products sometimes behave like epidemics. The Tipping Point is an examination of the social epidemics that surround us.

General Management

by François Dupuy (in French at les Editions du Seuil): "La vie quotidienne des entreprises au XXIème siècle".

Jeffrey Pfeffer, Robert Sutton, 2006. This practical and candid book guides managers to dismantle six widely held-but ultimately flawed-management beliefs in core areas, including leadership, strategy, change, talent, financial incentives, and work-life balance.

Joan Magretta. This highly readable and insightful book is about the central tasks of management and the enduring principles of organisational success - what these are and how they work.

D. Messick, & M. Bazerman. 1996. Sloan Management Review 37(2):9-24 Executives today face many difficult, potentially explosive situations in which they must make decisions that can help or harm their firms, themselves, and others. How can they improve the ethical quality of their decisions?

Creativity and Ways of Thinking about Business and the Economy

by Igor Byttebier & Ramon Vullings (BIS Publishers – ISBN 978-90-6369-146-2) How do organisations evolve when we know that reality changes every instant? How will we create new organisations tomorrow?

Seth Godin An essay about what it takes to create and sell something remarkable, a manifesto for marketers who want to make a difference at their company by helping create products and services that are worth marketing in the first place. It is a plea for originality, for passion, guts, and daring. Because it's the only way to be successful. Today, the one sure way to fail is to be boring. Your one chance for success is to be remarkable.

Thomas L. Friedman. The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt.

Michael Michalko . A book packed with practical user-friendly exercises designed to rip the moron out of your head and leave only the unrivalled brilliance of your innate creative genius.

Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams. First published in December 2006, it explores how some companies in the early 21st century have used mass collaboration (also called peer production) and open-source technology such as wikis to be successful.

James Surowiecki. Why the many are smarter than the few and how collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies and nations

Corporate Strategy and Business Models

Yves Doz, José Santos, Peter Williamson, Harvard Business School Press (2001). This book offers a blueprint for companies ready to embrace the globalization challenge. It introduces a different kind of company - the metanational. It outlines how managers can build a metanational advantage for their own company.

W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne In a book that challenges everything you thought you knew about strategic success, the authors argue that tomorrow’s leading companies will succeed not by battling competitors, but by creating “blue oceans” of uncontested market space ripe for growth.

Michael L. Tushman and Charles O’Reilly III, 2004 , Harvard Business Review, document R0404D Established companies can develop radical innovations-and protect their traditional businesses. The secret? Create organizationally distinct units that are tightly integrated at the senior executive level.

Publications in French

Roland Moreno By the inventor of the Smart Card, a caustic analysis of western society.

Christian Morel. Il arrive que les individus prennent collectivement des décisions singulières et agissent avec constance dans le sens contraire au but recherché. Quels sont les raisonnements qui produisent ces décisions absurdes ?
Les mécanismes collectifs qui les construisent ? Pourquoi alors persévérer?

n’est pas une fiction, mais un recueil de faits et d’actes de quatorze « conspirateurs du futur », c’est-à-dire des hommes et des femmes de terrain qui, au-delà de toute attente et souvent dans des conditions difficiles, ont su rebondir à partir d’eux-mêmes et d’initiatives innovantes et ambitieuses. Le levier des projets et la force des liens sont capables de changer le monde et de permettre à chacun de devenir entrepreneur de sa vie.

A bit more besides - Globish

For those of you who are "non-English mother tongue" and sometimes struggle at meetings, it may make you feel more comfortable if we say our common language is globish, not English - see


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