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Description - Innovation That Fits by Donald Debethizy

Innovation is more urgently necessary than it's ever been. Now, three leading experts on commercializing innovation systematically sort through the wreckage of yesterday's strategies, learning lessons and identifying ideas worth preserving and adapting. To prepare this book, the authors thoroughly examined the record of more than 250 innovation programs from organizations of widely differing sizes and industries, from 1998 through 2003. Based on this unprecedented research, they reveal the right time to use each innovation 'arrow', how to account for contingencies and risks; and how to focus on core innovation challenges -- not just superficial symptoms. Along the way, the authors define a focused, integrated model for innovation: one that is more nuanced and complex, but also better-grounded, more durable, and far more effective.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780131438200
ISBN-10: 0131438204
Format: Hardback
(232mm x 154mm x 24mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Financial TImes Prentice Hall
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Donald Debethizy

Michael Lord is Director of the Flow Institute and Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business at Wake Forest University, where he teaches strategy and entrepreneurship in the full-time and executive MBA programs at the Babcock Graduate School of Management. Dr. Lord's research and consulting work focuses on new venture creation, high-tech acquisitions and spinouts, and global venturing. His work on innovation has been featured in a variety of academic and practitioner outlets, including the Harvard Business Review, and he serves as an advisor on innovation strategy to a diverse group of companies, both large and small. Donald deBethizy is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Targacept, Inc. Using new computational drug discovery technologies and focusing on novel biological targets, Targacept is developing therapies for numerous central nervous system disorders such as ADHD, Alzheimer's, anxiety, depression, and pain. Targacept was spun out of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in 2000, raising record levels of first- and second-round venture financing along the way. For his leadership in founding Targacept, Ernst & Young recognized Dr. deBethizy as an "Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2002. Jeffrey Wager is founder and managing member of CPP Advisors, an innovation-focused advisory and consulting firm. CPP structures and facilitates strategic transactions to support clients' innovation commercialization needs, including venture investments, licensing deals, partnerships, M&A, and spinouts. Dr. Wager's advisory and consulting practice focuses on the life sciences and spans the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Previously, he led due diligence and investment management activities for leading venture firms in the U.S. and Japan. Dr. Wager continues to serve as an advisor or board member for many of the organizations he has advised or helped found. (c) Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.