Managing Knowledge Assets, Creativity and Innovation

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This book pulls together for the first time, works on knowledge and innovation, including the implementation of new processes and products, written by Dorothy A Leonard over more than two decades. It consists of articles from journals in diverse fields (e.g. the award-winning article on Core Capabilities and Core Rigidities) and book chapters that cover the innovation process, from its inception in peoples' heads to its implementation. An underlying theme running throughout the book is managing the flow of knowledge that propels innovation - especially tacit knowledge. Such knowledge is difficult to transfer or embody in a new product, process or service. However, it is not only essential but often comprises the most valuable component in the innovation. The opening chapter, written expressly for this volume, probes the connections between tacit knowledge, creativity and innovation.

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About the Author:

Dorothy Leonard, the William J Abernathy Professor of Business Administration Emerita, joined the Harvard faculty in 1983 after teaching for three years at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has taught MBA courses in managerial leadership, corporate capabilities, new product and process design, creativity and innovation management. At Harvard, M.I.T., and for corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, and 3M, Professor Leonard has conducted executive courses on a wide range of innovation-related topics such as crossfunctional coordination during new product development, technology transfer and knowledge management. She has initiated and served as faculty chair for executive education programs such as Leveraging Knowledge for the 21st Century, Leading Product Development, and Enhancing Corporate Creativity. She also served as a Director of Research for the Harvard Business School and Director of Research and Knowledge Programs for Harvard Business School s non-profit organization, HBS Interactive.

Professor Leonard s major research interests and consulting expertise relate to managing knowledge for innovation and stimulating creativity in group settings. She has consulted with and taught about these topics for governments (e.g., Sweden, Jamaica) and major corporations (e.g., IBM, Kodak). She served on the corporate Board of Directors for American Management Systems for twelve years and for Guy Gannett Communications for three - in both cases until the company was merged or acquired. She has also worked with a number of start-ups, in various consulting roles.

Her numerous writings appear in academic journals (e.g., "Core Capabilities and Core Rigidities in New Product Development" awarded Best Paper by Strategic Management Journal for sustained impact on the profession), practitioner journals (e.g., "Deep Smarts" in Harvard Business Review) and books on technology management (e.g., "Guiding Visions" in The Perpetual Enterprise Machine). In addition, Professor Leonard has written dozens of field-based cases used in business school classrooms around the world. Her book, Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation, was published in hardback in 1995 by Harvard Business School Publishing, reissued in paperback in 1998, and has been translated into numerous languages. Professor Leonard s book, When Sparks Fly: Igniting Group Creativity, (co-authored with Walter Swap) was published September, 1999 by Harvard Business School Press. Also widely translated, it has been reissued in paperback in 2005 and was awarded "Best Book on Creativity" by the European Association for Creativity and Innovation. Her latest book (with Walter Swap) is: Deep Smarts: How to Cultivate and Transfer Enduring Business Wisdom, published in January, 2005. Before obtaining her PhD. from Stanford University, she worked in Southeast Asia for ten years.

Review:

"Dorothy Leonard's path-breaking research and writing on innovation have guided the field for over 20 years. This collection is an indispensable guide to her most important contributions. They reveal how knowledge, people, and organizations facilitate - or hinder - the genesis of products that change the world." -- Teresa M Amabile, Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

"Dorothy Leonard is the foremost authority on the relationship between knowledge and innovation in the Western world. This collection of her work will assist any organization in building a powerful capability to create new products, processes, and services." -- Thomas H Davenport, President's Distinguished Professor of IT and Management, Babson College

"Professor Leonard has been at the forefront of integrating organization theory, technology strategy, and the emerging discipline of knowledge management. Her work puts a human face on the trials and tribulations of managers struggling to remain competitive in fast-paced industries. And her research drives solutions -- solutions that are rich in concept and pragmatic in application. I wholeheartedly recommend that practitioners and scholars alike sit down for a careful read of this important book." -- --Marc H Meyer, Robert Shillman Professor of Entrepreneurship, Matthews Distinguished University Professor, Northeastern University

"Dorothy Leonard is the foremost authority on the relationship between knowledge and innovation in the Western world. This collection of her work will assist any organization in building a powerful capability to create new products, processes, and services." ---- Thomas H Davenport, President's Distinguished Professor of IT and Management, Babson College

"Professor Leonard has been at the forefront of integrating organization theory, technology strategy, and the emerging discipline of knowledge management. Her work puts a human face on the trials and tribulations of managers struggling to remain competitive in fast-paced industries. And her research drives solutions -- solutions that are rich in concept and pragmatic in application. I wholeheartedly recommend that practitioners and scholars alike sit down for a careful read of this important book." ---- Marc H Meyer, Robert Shillman Professor of Entrepreneurship, Matthews Distinguished University Professor, Northeastern University

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