Innovation Strategy for the Knowledge Economy

1st Edition

The Ken Awakening

Authors: Debra M Amidon
Paperback ISBN: 9780750698412
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th April 1997
Page Count: 168


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Innovation Strategy for the Knowledge Economy is intended for managers who have practiced the best of quality and re-engineering management techniques and are ready to transform their organizations with the systematic notions of knowledge creation and application. It is for organization leaders who prefer to be inspired with innovation strategy than hit over the head with change management techniques. It does not deal with barriers, hurdles, or conflicts to be resolved; rather, it paints a possible vision of how we can take advantage of our collective learning to move an enterprise forward.

This book provides the reader with a sound, practical framework for instituting innovation strategy beyond the traditional definition of flow of parts or finances. At the core is an understanding of the dual value of knowledge (content) and innovation (process) using 'real-time' learning as the methodology. Innovation Strategy for the Knowledge Economy introduces new managerial concepts such as: Value-System versus Value-Chain Strategic Business Network (SBN) versus Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Customer Success versus Customer Satisfaction It is an invaluable resource for both managers and organization leaders.

Debra Mae Amidon is Founder and Chief Strategist of Entovation International, a global innovation research and consulting network with outposts throughout the world. Her specialties include: knowledge management, learning networks, customer innovation, and enterprise transformation. Ms. Amidon holds degrees from Boston University, Columbia and MIT, where she was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.

Key Features

Practical and theoretical views of innovation strategy. A fundamental guide to managing critical intellectual resources. Introduces new managerial concepts.


Practising managers, mid-level managers, professional business trade

Table of Contents

A Bold Awakening; Kaleidoscopic Dynamics; Wellsprings Timelines; Emerging 'Community of Knowledge Practice'; Innovation as a Value-System; An Innovation Management Architecture; Knowledge Innovation Assessment - Internal Capabilities; Knowledge Innovation Assessment - External Integration; Customers as a Source of Knowledge; Prospectus for the Future.


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About the Author

Debra M Amidon

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder and CEO, ENTOVATION International, Ltd.


¦If you have reached a point where you believe that it is essential to tap into the full potential of knowledge in your organization, very few can offer better advice than Debra Amidon. Based on more than a decade of experience in applying insights on knowledge-driven innovation to the reality of business, she offers practical, impactful, and systematic ways to partner with your customers in order to create whole new pathways of value creation.¦¦Hubert Saint-Onge, V.P., People, Knowledge, and Strategies, The Mutual Group (Canada) 'Debra M. Amidon has captured the most forward-thinking ideas in the area of knowledge management and learning organizations and their impact on innovation. These emerging new concepts are effectively and creatively linked together and paint a clear picture of the possibilities of the future.'Gordon P. Petrash, Global Director, Intellectual Asset & Capital Management, The Dow Chemical Company ¦Just when you think you've caught up with the latest in strategic management theory, along comes Debra Amidon to challenge you with new and more exciting possibilities. This book is not intended for the neophyte manager. It is a mind-stretcher for the experienced and sophisticated manager whose corporation expects him or her to keep them well ahead of the competition.¦¦Dr. Bert Westwood, Former V.P., Research and Technology, Sandia National Laboratories and Martin Marietta Corporation. ¦This seminal book places a laser-beam focus on the most important core competency of our time¦innovation¦and stresses the need for the development of solid metrics to measure its performance.¦¦Dr. Corey Carbonara, Vice President for Innovation, Baylor University ¦The knowledge revolution, that we all are experiencing in our own ways, demands a different approach, attitude, and implementation of our management systems¦be they in industry, government, or academia.