Organization And Architecture of Innovation Managing the Flow of Technology

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  • ISBN-13: 9780750682367
  • ISBN: 0750682361
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books


Allen, Thomas J., Henn, Gunter


Business/Management The Organization and Architecture of Innovation Managing the Flow of Technology Thomas J. Allen, Gunter W. Henn WOW! The collaboration between Allen and Henn is a unique synthesis of fundamental work on social networks, organizations, and innovation with fundamental ideas on physical space and architecture. The Organization and Architecture of Innovation is a deeply insightful book on how the social, organizational, and physical worlds interact to create the conditions for communication across boundaries. Unlike any other book that I know of, this book is rich with examples of putting research-based knowledge to work with demanding clients. This is a fabulous piece of work. Michael Tushman, Paul R. Lawrence Class of 1942 Professor, Harvard Business School For 40 years, researchers have recognized that communication is critical to innovation, and that architecture determines such communication. This book finally integrates understanding of architecture, communication, and innovation. Clearly and engagingly written, it synthesizes scholarly research and practical application to illustrate how architecture can be a hidden source of innovative advantage. Engaging cases and illustrations make it accessible to almost any audience. For its substance, it should be within easy reach of anyone interested in innovation. Andrew King, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College this carefully researched and well-written book closes a hitherto existing and crucial gap in management textbooks. It is therefore highly recommended reading for scholars and students in all management sciences as well as for management practitioners on every level. Professor Hugo P. Tschirky, PhD, DBA, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Department of Management, Technology, and Economics; Member of the European Institute of Technology and Innovation Management 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 structure and physical space. The authors present research demonstrating how organizational structure and physical space each affect communication among peoplein this case, engineers, scientists, and others in technical organizationsand they illustrate how organizations can transform both to increase the transfer of technical knowledge and maximize the communication for inspiration that is central to the innovation process. Allen and Henn illustrate their points with discussions of well-known buildings around the world such as Steelcases corporate design center, the Corning Glass Decker building, as well as several of Gunter Henns own projects, including the Skoda automotive factory in the Czech Republic and the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. Allen and Henn then demonstrate the principles developed in their work by discussing in detail one example in which organizational structure and physical space were combined successfully to promote innovation with impressive results: HENN Architektens Project House for the BMW Group Research and Innovation Centre in Munich, cited by Business Week (April 24, 2006) in naming BMW one of the worlds most innovative companies. Thomas J. Allen is the Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management at the Sloan School of Management and Professor of Engineering Systems in the Engineering School, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA. Gunter W. Henn is professor of architectural design at the Technical University in Dresden, Germany, and visiting professor at the Sloan School of Management and at the Department oAllen, Thomas J. is the author of 'Organization And Architecture of Innovation Managing the Flow of Technology', published 2006 under ISBN 9780750682367 and ISBN 0750682361.

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