hroughout my career, I have explored how companies build and exploit innovation capabilities, exploring such questions as:
- How should companies think about the choice between internal R&D vs external partnering for innovation?
- How does organizational design affect innovative performance? How does culture impact innovation?
- How can companies formulate and execute effective innovation strategies?
My most research work—described in my book “Creative Construction” – looks at how companies can sustain their capacity to innovate as they grow.
Every company wants to grow, and the most proven way is through innovation. The conventional wisdom is that only disruptive, nimble startups can innovate; once a business gets bigger and more complex, corporate arteriosclerosis sets in. “Creative Construction” provides new thinking about how the scale of bigger companies can be leveraged for advantage in innovation.
Innovation Key to Sustaining America’s Competitiveness
All the Books Bill Gates has Recommended Over the Last Eight Years
Why the Innovation Race is Getting Automated
Higher R&D Spending Doesn’t Mean Greater Innovation
You Need an Innovation Strategy
Flying into the Future: Honda Aircraft Corporation
Harvard Business School Case no 618-012
This cases examine Honda’s diversification into the light jet market.
Institutionalized Entrepreneurship: Flagship Pioneering
Harvard Business School Case no. 718-8484
This case examines an unusual model for innovation and entrepreneurship.