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Author Lester, Richard K. (Richard Keith), 1954-
Title Innovation, the missing dimension / Richard K. Lester & Michael J. Piore.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004.

Author Lester, Richard K. (Richard Keith), 1954-
Subject Technological innovations -- Economic aspects -- United States.
New products -- United States -- Management.
Alt Name Piore, Michael J.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 223 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-206) and index.
Contents Integration in cell phones, blue jeans, and medical devices -- Where do problems come from? -- Conversation, interpretation, and ambiguity -- The missed connections of modern management -- Combining analysis and interpretation -- Public space -- Universities as public spaces -- Learning the right lessons about competitiveness.
Summary "Amid mounting concern over the loss of jobs to low-wage economies, one fact is clear: America's prosperity hinges on the ability of its businesses to continually introduce new products and services. But what makes a creative economy? How can the remarkable surge of innovation that fueled the boom of the 1990s be sustained?" "For an answer, Richard Lester and Michael Piore examine innovation strategies in some of the economy's most dynamic sectors. Through case studies of new product development in fields such as cell phones, medical devices, and blue jeans, two fundamental processes emerge." "One of these processes, analysis - rational problem solving - dominates management and engineering practice. The other, interpretation, is not widely understood, or even recognized - although, as the authors make clear, it is absolutely crucial to innovation." "But the authors also offer a critique of national policy. By ignoring the role of interpretation, economic policymakers are drawing the wrong lessons from the 1990s boom. The current emphasis on expanding the reach of market competition will help the analytical processes needed to implement innovation. But if unchecked, it risks choking off the economy's vital interpretive spaces."--Jacket
Note Print version record.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
ISBN 9780674040106 (electronic bk.)
0674040104 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9780674015814
OCLC # 654174627
Additional Format Print version: Lester, Richard K. (Richard Keith), 1954- Innovation, the missing dimension. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2004 (DLC) 2004052377 (OCoLC)55474420

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