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Edison and the Business of Innovation
This is the story of the "other" Thomas Edison—not the heroic lone inventor, but Edison the businessman, industrialist, and successful manager of one of the world's largest industrial research laboratories. Tracing his career from his boyhood to his death in 1931, Edison and the Business of Innovation reveals Edison to be an entrepreneur of extraordinary vision. From exten ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published March 1st 1990)
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This book works to cover the evolution of research and development within the American corporation. Borrowing from the understanding of Alfred Chandler it tracks through the machine shops days of free flowing ideas to building up a business based on the innovations developed in R&D. This is not a biography on the life of Edison but it is a biography on his business ventures. While not going into exhausting detail it is possible to see what developed in the Edison labs at the end of the Gilde ...more
Very readable warts-and-all analysis of Edison's business successes and failures. Acknowledges the awesome accomplishments of the lightbulb inventor while at the same time humanizes him by tracing some of his failures to his own character flaws. Makes you feel better about your own limitations when even one of the brightest inventors of all time cannot relinquish control (no, we will not make jazz records for the phonograph because I don't like jazz!) or see into the future (we will not make rad ...more