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Build a Library of Innovation Books

By Courtney Shannon Strand

When was the last time you picked up and read a book about innovation? The following is a list of innovation books that will broaden horizons and help with discovering the keys to systematic innovation, open innovation, disruptive innovation, TRIZ (The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) and more.

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The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care
Authors: Clayton M. Christensen, Jerome H. Grossman M.D., Jason Hwang M.D.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; First edition (December 4, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0071592086

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns
Authors: Clayton Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson, Michael B. Horn
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; First edition (May 14, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0071592062

The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business
Author: Clayton Christensen
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (January 7, 2003)
ISBN: 978-0060521998

The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
Authors: Clayton Christensen, Michael E. Raynor
Publisher: Harvard Business Press; 1 edition (September 2003)
ISBN: 978-1578518524

Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology
Author: Henry William Chesbrough
Publisher: Harvard Business Press; First Trade Paper Edition (September 30, 2005)
ISBN: 978-1422102831

Democratizing Innovation

Author: Eric von Hippel
Publisher: The MIT Press (April 1, 2006)
ISBN: 978-0262720472

The Sources of Innovation
Author: Eric von Hippel
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (September 22, 1994)
ISBN: 978-0195094220

OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Korea 2009
Author: OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Publisher: OECD Publishing (July 31, 2009)
ISBN: 978-9264067226

OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation Competitive Regional Clusters: National Policy Approaches
Author: OECD Publishing
Publisher: Org. for Economic Cooperation & Development; illustrated edition (June 6, 2007)
ISBN: 978-9264031821

Simplified TRIZ: New Problem Solving Applications for Engineers and Manufacturing Professionals, Second Edition
Authors: Kalevi Rantanen, Tris Oy, Turku, Finland; Ellen Domb
Publisher: AUERBACH; 2 edition (December 10, 2007)
ISBN: 978-1420062731

And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared: TRIZ, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving
Author: Genrich Altshuller
Publisher: Technical Innovation Center, Inc.; 2nd edition (May 1996)
ISBN: 978-0964074026

Hands on Systematic Innovation: For Business and Management
Author: Darrell Mann
Publisher: Edward Gaskell Publishers (October 2004)
ISBN: 978-1898546733

Hands on Systematic Innovation: For Technical Systems
Author: Darrell Mann
Publisher: CREAX Press (2002)
ISBN 90-77071-02-4

Systematic Innovation: An Introduction to TRIZ
Authors: John Terninko, Alla Zusman, Boris Zlotin
Publisher: CRC; 1 edition (April 15, 1998)
ISBN: 978-1574441116

Innovation Algorithm: TRIZ, Systematic Innovation and Technical Creativity
Author: Genrich Altshuller
Publisher: Technical Innovation Ctr; 1st edition (March 1, 1999)
ISBN: 978-0964074040

Innovation on Demand: New Product Development Using TRIZ
Authors: Victor Fey, Eugene Rivin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 14, 2005)
ISBN: 978-0521826204

What Customers Want: Using Outcome-Driven Innovation to Create Breakthrough Products and Services
Author: Anthony Ulwick
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 16, 2005)
ISBN: 978-0071408677

TRIZ: An Approach to Systematic Innovation
Author: Ellen Domb
Publisher: Goal/QPC (September 1998)
ISBN: 978-1879364998

Unlock Your Mind: A Practical Guide to Deliberate and Systematic Innovation
Author: Dennis Sherwood
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing (June 1998)
ISBN: 978-0566079832

A Systematic Innovation Model Based on TRIZ
Authors: Frank Chen, Yong-huang Lin
Publisher: VDM Verlag (April 30, 2008)
ISBN: 978-3836492317

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
Author: Tim Brown
Publisher: HarperBusiness (September 29, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0061766084

Innovation Management for Technical Products: Systematic and Integrated Product Development and Production Planning

Author: Walter Eversheim (Editor)
Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (November 17, 2008)
ISBN: 978-3540857266

Design Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean
Author: Roberto Verganti
Publisher: Harvard Business Press (August 3, 2009)
ISBN: 978-1422124826

Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change
Authors: Joe Tidd, John Bessant
Publisher: Wiley; 4th edition (April 27, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0470998106

Harvard Business Review on Innovation
Authors: Harvard Business School Press (Compiler)
Publisher: Harvard Business Press; 5 edition (June 15, 2001)
ISBN: 978-1578516148

Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work
Authors: Scott D. Anthony, Mark W. Johnson, Joseph V. Sinfield, Elizabeth J. Altman
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press; illustrated edition (June 23, 2008)
ISBN: 978-1591398462

The Myths of Innovation
Author: Scott Berkun
Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.; 1 edition (May 15, 2007)
ISBN: 978-0596527051

Innovation Leaders: How Senior Executives Stimulate, Steer and Sustain Innovation
Author: Jean-Philippe Deschamps
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; illustrated edition (June 10, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0470515242

The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation
Author: Matthew E. May
Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (October 10, 2006)
ISBN: 978-0743290173

Innovator’s Toolkit: 10 Practical Strategies to Help You Develop and Implement Innovation
Authors: Harvard Business School Press
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press (March 31, 2009)
ISBN: 978-1422199909

TRIZ – Systematic Innovation in Manufacturing
Author: Yeoh Teong San
Publisher: Firstfruits Sdn Bhd; First edition (July 8, 2009)
ISBN: 978-9838040266

Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape
Author: Henry Chesbrough
Publisher: Harvard Business Press; First edition (December 6, 2006)
ISBN: 978-1422104279

Tools for Innovation
Authors: Arthur B Markman, Kristin L. Wood
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (August 13, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0195381634

Engineering Design: A Systematic Approach
Authors: G. Pahl, W. Beitz, Jörg Feldhusen, Karl-Heinrich Grote
Publisher: Springer; 3rd edition (January 24, 2007)
ISBN: 978-1846283185

Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation
Author: John Seely Brown (Editor)
Publisher: Harvard Business Press (April 1, 1997)
ISBN: 978-0875847559

Imitation to Innovation: The Dynamics of Korea’s Technological Learning (Management of Innovation and Change)
Author: Linsu Kim
Publisher: Harvard Business Press (March 1, 1997)
ISBN: 978-0875845746

Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation
Author: G. Colarelli O’Connor
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (February 25, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0787996642

Getting to Innovation: How Asking the Right Questions Generates the Great Ideas Your Company Needs
Author: Arthur B. VanGundy
Publisher: AMACOM (July 16, 2007)
ISBN: 978-0814408988

INsourcing Innovation: How to Achieve Competitive Excellence Using TRIZ
Authors: David Silverstein, Neil DeCarlo, Michael Slocum
Publisher: AUERBACH; 1 edition (December 17, 2007)
ISBN: 978-1420062274

The Innovator’s Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for Predictable and Sustainable Organic Growth
Authors: David Silverstein, Philip Samuel and Neil DeCarlo
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, First edition (Hardcover) (October 27, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0470-34535-1

About the Author:
Courtney Shannon Strand is a freelance editor and writer for CTQ Media. Contact Courtney Shannon Strand at copystrands (at)