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The Organization and Architecture of Innovation
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 structu ...more
Published October 19th 2006 by Routledge
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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 manager ...more
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