Jumping the Curve. Innovation and Strategic Choice in an Age of Transition

  • ID: 2217723
  • Book
  • 324 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In today′s competitive marketplace, all organizations are faced with the same challenge?to make significant, discontinuous leaps in thinking about their products, technologies and management styles. In Jumping the Curve, internationally respected management consultants Nicholas Imparato and Oren Harari identify four strategic imperatives?innovation, intelligence, coherence, and responsibility?that will enable companies to succeed and thrive in this emerging era. Drawing on interviews, research, and firsthand observation, they connect the big picture of our changing civilization by outlining the specific actions that today′s successful managers are taking to produce results.
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Part One: Straddling Two Worlds: The Familiar and the Unknown.

1. We′ve Been Here Before: Historic Parallels to Our Tumultuous Age.

2. Turning Point: The World Has Never Been So Awake.

3. Rising to the Occasion: New Roles for New Times.

Part Two: Making the Leap: Strategic Choices for the Emerging Epoch.

4. The Innovation Imperative.

5. Practicing Creative Destruction.

6. The Intelligence Imperative.

7. Growing the Smart Organization.

8. The Coherence Imperative.

9. Linking Success to Values and Ideals.

10. The Responsibility Imperative.

11. Guaranteeing That the Customer Is Final Arbiter.

Epilogue: Choosing Our Destiny.
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"If I were to recommAnd that my managers read just one business book this year, Jumping the Curve would be it. The authors′ historical analysis offers a fresh perspective on the challenges facing business today. And for anyone who wants to stay on the cutting edge, their insights on innovation and their advice on how to "look a customer ahead" show exactly what needs to be done on Monday morning." ––Charles R. Schwab, chairman and CEO, The Charles Shwab Corporation

"A must read. Captures the guiding principles that drive business success: an orientation toward creative vigilance, an understanding of the need for unified consistency, and most importantly, a realization that customers define satisfaction." ––Paul J. Orfalea, founder and chairperson, Kinko′s Copy Centers

"A great guidebook for those who have discovered that the world has changed overnight. The recommAndation to build the organization around the software and the software around the customer provides insights every manager should ponder." ––Paul Saffo, director, Institute for the Future
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