One of the most insightful and entertaining thinkers on innovation is the Finnish academic Alf Rehn. For the past five years, Rehn’s work has focused specifically on why organizations (institutions and even entire societies) that believe they have a grasp of what innovation requires frequently fail to utilize its full potential. He has studied hundreds of companies, innovation projects, strategic initiatives and policies, diagnosing how and why they can fail -- and how they could have been salvaged. Rather than looking at a series of cherry-picked cases of best practice, he has adopted a clinical, no-nonsense approach . . .
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