Innovation Books

Books on Innovation and Creativity

Books to inspire, inform and guide you.


Socrates' Way: Seven Keys to Using Your Mind to the Utmost

Socrates' Way: Seven Keys to Using Your Mind to the Utmost

By By Ronald Gross
In Socrates' Way, you meet Socrates face-to-face, hear his voice, and learn how he changes people's lives. The book provides step-by-step guidance on how to harness his methods to vastly enhanc...
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Creative Problem Solving: An Introduction, Fourth Edition

Creative Problem Solving: An Introduction, Fourth Edition

By Donald J. Treffinger, Scott G. Isaksen, K. Brian Stead-dorval
Creative Problem Solving includes practical tools for understanding the challenge, generating ideas, and preparing for action; expanded guidelines for planning your approach to Creative Problem...
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Mental Models: Aligning design strategy with human behavior

Mental Models: Aligning design strategy with human behavior

By Indi Young
There is no single methodology for creating the perfect product—buy you can increase your odds. One of the best ways is to understand users' reasons for doing things. Mental Models gives you the...
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The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped Potential

The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain's Untapped Potential

By Tony Buzan and Barry Buzan
This idea-rich, relentlessly upbeat manual proffers graphic images as an aid to unlock creative thinking or clarify emotions. The authors first outline "radiant thinking," a method designed to enhance...
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Coolhunting: Chasing Down the Next Big Thing

Coolhunting: Chasing Down the Next Big Thing

By Peter Gloor and Scott Cooper
MIT Sloan School of Management vets Gloor and Cooper strip "cool" of its cool in this introductory lesson to trendspotting. Beginning with a definition of "cool" that includes "excellent," "fun" and "...
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Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates

Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates

By Peter Skarzynski and Rowan Gibson
If you're like most business leaders, innovation now tops your corporate agenda. But despite all the talk and excitement about the importance of innovation, managers have so far found scant help for i...
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Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye

Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye

By Michael LeGault
Many people have interpreted Think as a political book. To the extent that it is an analysis of the cultural and social reasons for the decline in critical thinking in America, and to the extent that
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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

By Janine M. Benyus
Innovations, whether in farming, composite science, or computing, are a product of human creativity. Science writer Benyus uses these subjects and others to demonstrate how nature's solutions to situa...
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Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm

Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm

By Henry Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke, and Joel West
Open Innovation describes an emergent model of innovation in which firms draw on research and development that may lie outside their own boundaries. In some cases, such as open source software, this r...
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101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques: The Handbook of New Ideas for Business

101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques: The Handbook of New Ideas for Business

By M. Higgins
This book will enhance your thinking process in terms of exercising your own creativity to solve business problems. The tools in this book can be used to bring out your own originality and expressiven...
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The Myths of Innovation

The Myths of Innovation

By Scott Berkun
In The Myths of Innovation, bestselling author Scott Berkun takes a careful look at innovation history, including the software and Internet Age, to reveal how ideas truly become successful innovations...
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Collaborative Entrepreneurship: How Communities of Networked Firms Use Continuous Innovation to Create Economic Wealth

Collaborative Entrepreneurship: How Communities of Networked Firms Use Continuous Innovation to Create Economic Wealth

By Raymond Miles, Grant Miles, Charles Snow
Collaborative Entrepreneurship discusses a revolutionary new competitive strategy of continuous innovation that fulfills the need for efficient provision of a constant stream of new products, services...
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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

By Malcolm Gladwell
"The best way to understand the dramatic transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth or any number of the other mysterious chang...
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Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity And the New Science of Ideas

Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity And the New Science of Ideas

By Richard Ogle
Richard Ogle boldly outlines "a new science of ideas", the key to which resides in what he calls "idea-spaces," a set of nodes in a network of people (and their ideas) that cohere and take on a disti...
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Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer

Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer

By Robert Epstein, Gary Roberts, and Grace Beber
Parsing the Turing Test is a landmark exploration of both the philosophical and methodological issues surrounding the search for true artificial intelligence. Will computers and robots ever think and
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Democratizing Innovation

Democratizing Innovation

By Eric Von Hippel
Users increasingly can develop their own new products and services. In Democratizing Innovation, Eric von Hippel looks closely at this emerging system of user-centered innovation. He explains w...
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Think Naked: Childlike Brilliance in the Rough Adult World

Think Naked: Childlike Brilliance in the Rough Adult World

By Peter Lloyd, Marco Marsan
The fact is that 98 percent of us are geniuses early in life, and almost all of us lose our genius. Is it lost forever? No. Champions of creative thinking, Marco Marsan and Peter Lloyd will reunite yo...
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Innovation Nation: How America Is Losing Its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back

Innovation Nation: How America Is Losing Its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back

By John Kao
Alarmed by the lack of innovation in the United States today, former Harvard Business School professor and current consultant John Kao diagnoses the situation, describes best practices, explains how i...
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The Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in Life

The Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in Life

By Jim Loehr
Loehr explains how to plumb the mind's depths with honest questioning and self-regard, then to rewrite stories using three basics of storytelling-purpose, truth and action-in order to fashion a new, h...
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Innovation: Create an Idea Culture. Redefine Your Business. Grow Your Profits

Innovation: Create an Idea Culture. Redefine Your Business. Grow Your Profits

By Tom Gorman
"Innovation is the engine of the world's economy because there is no end to the problems in this world, and there never will be." Tom Gorman explores three aspects to "The Engine of Endless Success":
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