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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

John Kao

Kao, author of the "Business Week" bestseller "Jamming," argues in this provocative new book for a bold national strategy to regain this countrys innovation edge and to restore its preeminence in the 21st century.

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Publisher: Free Press
Publish Date: 10/02/2007
Pages: 306
ISBN-13: 9781416532682
ISBN-10: 1416532684
Language: English

What We're Saying

May 01, 2009

It is good to know that in times of crisis, chaos, hysteria, etc. , this world can come together to look for answers to unsolved problems, or even just to get a sympathetic ear. Whether it be for economic questions, an illness or business ideas; we as a global community look to others for advice, counsel, understanding, compassion or just a friendly ear. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 23, 2009

I was inspired by NPR's Mile HIgh Book Club listing today and thought to myself, "Hey! Lots of people will be grabbing a plane to visit family and friends this weekend - what would business minded people want to read during their travels? " Well, why not pick from the Top 10 business books that we've sold overseas and across borders in 2009? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

November 05, 2009

It's been awhile! A whole summer, in fact! Have you felt as much out of the loop as to what's HOT across the seas, oceans and borders of the world as I have? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 12, 2007

I have always appreciated BusinessWeek's commitment to the category of business books. The magazine reviews books in each issue and publish its monthly business book bestseller list. Continuing in their support, here are the slideshow of books BusinessWeek choose in 2007 as their Best Business Books of the Year: In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia by Joe Studwell The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World by Alan Greenspan The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb The Strategy Paradox: Why Committing to Success Leads to Failure (And What to Do About It) by Michael E. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 26, 2008

Reviewing Reviews

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Heather Green has written a wonderful review of Jeff Howe's Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business for the September 29 issue of BusinessWeek. After observing that "Books about the crowd are becoming a crowd unto themselves," Green writes: What sets Howe's book apart is his focus on business, an examination of different crowdsourcing models, and a deep dive into academic research to explain why people work together. It's a welcome and well-written corporate playbook for confusing times. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 04, 2008

Always anticipated, strategy + business has published their Best Business Books 2008. What makes this list special is that they assign each category to an expert in that field for review, and each reviewer delivers a lengthy and in depth essay on the books chosen. I've linked each category to it's reviewer's essay at the top of each section. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 27, 2008

Innovation.

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John Kao talked about it last year. Richard Elkus mentioned it last week. And, on Friday, NPR discussed it with Judy Estrin, author of Closing the Innovation Gap and former Chief Technology Officer at Cisco. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

February 21, 2008

One of the runner-ups for our Innovation/Creativity award was Innovation Nation by John Kao, who, among other pursuits, is a professor at Harvard, a jazz musician and was named "Mr. Creativity" by the Economist. This quote from the Economist should tell you something about him: "If Orsen Welles and Peter Drucker were somehow to mate, the resulting progeny might resemble John Kao, a serial innovator. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Not long ago, Americans could rightfully feel confident in our preeminence in the world economy. The United States set the pace as the world's leading innovator: from the personal computer to the internet, from Wall Street to Hollywood, from the decoding of the genome to the emergence of Web 2.0, we led the way and the future was ours. So how is it, bestselling author and leading expert on innovation John Kao asks, that today Finland is the world's most competitive economy? That U.S. students rank twenty-fourth in the world in math literacy and twenty-sixth in problem-solving ability? That in 2005 and 2006 combined, in a reverse brain drain, 30,000 highly trained professionals left the United States to return to their native India? Even as the United States has lost standing in the world community because of the war in Iraq, Kao warns, the country is losing its edge in economic leadership as well. The future of our prosperity, and of our national security, is at serious risk. But it doesn't have to be this way. Based on his in-depth experience advising many of the world's leading companies and studying cutting-edge innovation "best practices" in the most dynamic hot spots of innovation both in the United States and around the world, Kao argues that the United States still has the capability not only to regain our competitive edge, but to take a bold step out ahead of the global community and secure a leadership role in the twenty-first century. We must, though, take serious and concerted action fast. First offering a stunning, troubling portrait of just how serious is the erosion in recent years of U.S. competitiveness in innovation, Kao then takes readers on a fascinating tour of the leading innovation centers, such as those in Singapore, Denmark, and Finland, which are trumping us in their more focused and creative approaches to fueling innovation. He then lays out a groundbreaking plan for a national innovation strategy that would empower the United States to actually innovate the process of innovation: to marshal our vast resources of talent and infrastructure in the particular ways that his studies of innovation have shown lead to transformative results. Innovation Nation is vital reading for all those Americans who are troubled by the great challenges the United States faces in the ever-more-competitive economy of our twenty-first-century world.

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