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Description - Artful Making by Robert D. Austin

Artful Making offers the first proven, research-based framework for engineering ingenuity and innovation. This book is the result of a multi-year collaboration between Harvard Business School professor Robert Austin and leading theatre director and playwright Lee Devin. Together, they demonstrate striking structural similarities between theatre artistry and production and today's business projects--and show how collaborative artists have mastered the art of delivering innovation "on cue," on immovable deadlines and budgets. These methods are neither mysterious nor flaky: they are rigorous, precise, and--with this book's help--absolutely learnable and reproducible. They rely on cheap and rapid iteration rather than on intensive up-front planning, and with the help of today's enabling technologies, they can be applied in virtually any environment with knowledge-based outputs. Moreover, they provide an overarching framework for leveraging the full benefits of today's leading techniques for promoting flexibility and innovation, from agile development to real options.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780130086952
ISBN-10: 0130086959
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Financial TImes Prentice Hall
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert D. Austin

About the Authors Rob Austin is Professor of Technology and OperationsManagement at Harvard Business School where his research focuses on thechanging nature of work. His experience includes a decade with Ford MotorCompany; from 2000 to 2001, while on leave from Harvard, he served as a seniorexecutive for a new division of a leading technology company, helping toestablish a new organization and technology platform. He is author of Measuringand Managing Performance in Organizations, and co-author of CreatingBusiness Advantage in the Information Age,and Corporate Information Strategy and Management. A Cutter Technology Council Fellow, Dr. Austinholds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon. Lee Devin, Professor Emeritus at Swarthmore College anddramaturg for the People's Light and Theatre Company, has more than 30years of experience in the theater. He has won prizes and grants forplayscripts, librettos, and translations that have been published or performedworldwide. As an Equity actor, his roles have ranged from Malvolio in TwelfthNight to Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. He has been a visiting consultant or artist inresidence at Columbia University, the Folger Library, Ball State University,the Banff School of the Arts, University of California San Diego, BucknellUniversity, and the Minnesota Opera. Dr. Devin holds a Ph.D. from IndianaUniversity.