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The Organization and Architecture of Innovation

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Building on his pioneering work on the management of technology and innovation in his first book, Managing the Flow of Technology, Thomas J. Allen of MIT has joined with award-winning German architect Gunter Henn of HENN Architekten to produce a book that explores the combined use of two management tools to make the innovation process most effective: organizational ...more
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Published October 19th 2006 by Routledge
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Jack
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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This is a lovely extended essay on the interplay between formal organization, architecture and communication, and hence into innovation. Allen and Henn argue that there are 3 core types of communication: for coordination, for information, and for inspiration. Arguing that innovation is a fundamentally recombinant process, they stress that managers should consider designs that emphasize the possibility of happenstance communication for inspiration. The authors argue persuasively that many ...more
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Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mostly common sense, but need this kind of evidence-based reminder in the digital age when we think we are connected, but are not. Proximity and face to face still reigns supreme when meaningful connections are important.
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