Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation

James M. Utterback

Publisher: Harvard Business School, 1994, 253 pages

ISBN: 978-0-87584-740-5

Keywords: Product Management, Creativity

Last modified: July 5, 2012, 3:07 a.m.

Here is a practical model for business leaders striving to innovate and succeed in today's competitive marketplace. More than that, Utterback tells engaging tales of industry transformation throughout the decades. From typewriters to PCs, gas lamps to fluorescent lighting, and Eastman's amateur photography to electronic imaging. Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation shows how innovation enters an industry, how mainstream firms typically respond, and how — over time — new and old players wrestle for dominance. Throughout, Utterback captures the rich history of innovation by inventors and entrepreneurs that reveals timeless lessons for today's managers.

  1. The Dynamics of Innovation in Industry
  2. Dominant Designs and the Survival of Firms
  3. Product Innovation as a Creative Force
  4. Innovation and Industrial Evolution
  5. Innovation in Nonassembled Products
  6. Differences in Innovation for Assembled and Nonassembled Products
  7. Invasion of a Stable Business by Radical Innovation
  8. The Creative Power of Technology in Process Innovation
  9. Innovation as a Game of Chutes and Ladders
  10. Innovation and Corporate Renewal


Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

OK ***** (5 out of 10)

Last modified: July 5, 2012, 3:05 a.m.

After reading this, I thought that it was nothing new under the sun, as Christensen have written on the subject, and is a lot more thorough and a better writer. Then it dawned on me that this was written in the beginning of the nineties, which should be credited to the author. Unfortunately, he didn't manage to draw the long-term conclusions that Christensen does nor is it very well written, so I'll give it an OK for being ahead of its time, but failed on all other points.

You may read it for historical value.


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