The Best Books About Innovation And Innovators

“What are the best books about Innovation and Innovators?” We looked at 171 of the top Innovation books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 15 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Innovation” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 15 Books About Innovation and Innovators



15 .) Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant written by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ka Scope
  • Nest

In this perennial bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, globally preeminent management thinkers W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne challenge everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written, Blue Ocean Strategy, now updated with fresh content from the authors, argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating “blue oceans”―untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

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14 .) Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles between Vision and Reality written by Scott Belsky

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hacker Earth
  • Nest

How the world’s leading innovators push their ideas to fruition again and again Edison famously said that genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration. Ideas for new businesses, solutions to the world’s problems, and artistic breakthroughs are common, but great execution is rare. According to Scott Belsky, the capacity to make ideas happen can be developed by anyone willing to develop their organizational habits and leadership capability. That’s why he founded Behance, a company that helps creative people and teams across industries develop these skills. Belsky has spent six years studying the habits of creative people and teams that are especially productive-the ones who make their ideas happen time and time again. After interviewing hundreds of successful creatives, he has compiled their most powerful-and often counterintuitive-practices, such as: •Generate ideas in moderation and kill ideas liberally •Prioritize through nagging •Encourage fighting within your team While many of us obsess about discovering great new ideas, Belsky shows why it’s better to develop the capacity to make ideas happen-a capacity that endures over time.

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13 .) Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works written by Ash Maurya

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hacker Earth
  • Observer

We live in an age of unparalleled opportunity for innovation. We’re building more products than ever before, but most of them fail—not because we can’t complete what we set out to build, but because we waste time, money, and effort building the wrong product. What we need is a systematic process for quickly vetting product ideas and raising our odds of success. That’s the promise of Running Lean. In this inspiring book, Ash Maurya takes you through an exacting strategy for achieving a “product/market fit” for your fledgling venture, based on his own experience in building a wide array of products from high-tech to no-tech. Throughout, he builds on the ideas and concepts of several innovative methodologies, including the Lean Startup, Customer Development, and bootstrapping. Running Lean is an ideal tool for business managers, CEOs, small business owners, developers and programmers, and anyone who’s interested in starting a business project.

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12 .) The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape our Future

Lists It Appears On:

  • Nest
  • Small Biz Trends

From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future, showing how the coming changes in our lives—from virtual reality in the home to an on-demand economy to artificial intelligence embedded in everything we manufacture—can be understood as the result of a few long-term, accelerating forces. Kelly both describes these deep trends— flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking, and questioning — and demonstrates how they overlap and are codependent on one another. These larger forces will completely revolutionize the way we buy, work, learn, and communicate with each other. By understanding and embracing them, says Kelly, it will be easier for us to remain on top of the coming wave of changes and to arrange our day-to-day relationships with technology in ways that bring forth maximum benefits. Kelly’s bright, hopeful book will be indispensable to anyone who seeks guidance on where their business, industry, or life is heading—what to invent, where to work, in what to invest, how to better reach customers, and what to begin to put into place—as this new world emerges.

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11 .) The Invisible Advantage: How to Create a Culture of Innovation written by Soren Kaplan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hacker Earth
  • Sun Scrapers

The Invisible Advantage shows how any organization can create a culture of innovation–an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. This book isn’t just about the importance of an innovation culture, nor how to emulate the ”innovation untouchables” like Google and Apple.

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10 .) The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It written by Scott D. Anthony

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cult Bizz Tech
  • Ka Scope

Innovation may be the hottest discipline around today—in business circles and beyond. And for good reason. Innovation transforms companies and markets. It’s the key to solving vexing social problems. And it makes or breaks professional careers. For all the enthusiasm the topic inspires, however, the practice of innovation remains stubbornly impenetrable. No longer. In The Little Black Book of Innovation, long-time innovation expert Scott D. Anthony draws on stories from his research and field work with companies like Procter & Gamble to demystify innovation. In his trademark conversational and lively style, Anthony presents a simple definition of innovation, breaks down the essential differences between types of innovation, and illuminates innovation’s vital role in organizational success and personal growth.

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9 .) The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us about Innovation written by Frans Johansson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hacker Earth
  • Nest

Why do so many world-changing insights come from people with little or no related experience? Charles Darwin was a geologist when he proposed the theory of evolution. And it was an astronomer who finally explained what happened to the dinosaurs. Frans Johansson’s The Medici Effect shows how breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into a new, unfamiliar territory, and offers examples how we can turn the ideas we discover into path-breaking innovations.

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8 .) Where Good Ideas Come From The Natural History of Innovation

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cult Bizz Tech
  • Extra Slice

The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery–these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson’s answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.

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7 .) 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization written by Vijay Kumar

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ka Scope
  • Observer
  • Sun Scrapers

Unlike other books on the subject, 101 Design Methods approaches the practice of creating new products, services, and customer experiences as a science, rather than an art, providing a practical set of collaborative tools and methods for planning and defining successful new offerings. Strategists, managers, designers, and researchers who undertake the challenge of innovation, despite a lack of established procedures and a high risk of failure, will find this an invaluable resource. Novices can learn from it; managers can plan with it; and practitioners of innovation can improve the quality of their work by referring to it.

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6 .) Innovation and Entrepreneurship written by Peter Drucker

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hacker Earth
  • Nest
  • Sun Scrapers

The first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline, this classic business title explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America’s entrepreneurial economy.

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5 .) Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates written by Peter Skarzynski and Rowan Gibson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cult Bizz Tech
  • Hacker Earth
  • Idea Glow

In Innovation to the Core, Strategos CEO Peter Skarzynski and business strategist Rowan Gibson change all that. They share the accumulated wisdom from Strategos–the consulting firm Skarzynski co-founded with Gary Hamel that helps clients instill innovation into their very core. Drawing on a wealth of stories and examples, the book shows how companies of every stripe have overcome the barriers to successful, profitable innovation. You’ll find parts devoted to crucial topics–such as how to organize the discovery process, generate strategic insights, enlarge your innovation pipeline, and maximize your return on innovation. Frequent hands-on tools–frameworks, checklists, probing questions–help you put the book’s ideas into action.

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4 .) The Ten Faces of Innovation written by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cult Bizz Tech
  • Hacker Earth
  • Nest

The role of the devil’s advocate is nearly universal in business today. It allows individuals to step outside themselves and raise questions and concerns that effectively kill new projects and ideas, while claiming no personal responsibility. Nothing is more potent in stifling innovation. Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience managing IDEO, Kelley identifies ten roles people can play in an organization to foster innovation and new ideas while offering an effective counter to naysayers. Among these approaches are the Anthropologist—the person who goes into the field to see how customers use and respond to products, to come up with new innovations; the Cross-pollinator who mixes and matches ideas, people, and technology to create new ideas that can drive growth; and the Hurdler, who instantly looks for ways to overcome the limits and challenges to any situation.

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3 .) The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business written by Clayton M. Christensen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cult Bizz Tech
  • Hacker Earth
  • Ka Scope
  • Nest

In this revolutionary bestseller, Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen says outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership — or worse, disappear completely. And he not only proves what he says, he tells others how to avoid a similar fate. Focusing on “disruptive technology” — the Honda Super Cub, Intel’s 8088 processor, or the hydraulic excavator, for example — Christensen shows why most companies miss “the next great wave.” Whether in electronics or retailing, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know when to abandon traditional business practices. Using the lessons of successes and failures from leading companies, “The Innovator’s Dilemma” presents a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. Find out: When it is right “not” to listen to customers. When to invest in developing lower-performance products that promise lower margins. When to pursue small markets at the expense of seemingly larger and more lucrative ones. Sharp, cogent, and provocative, “The Innovator’s Dilemma” is one of the most talked-about books of our time — and one no savvy manager or entrepreneur should be without.

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2 .) The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses written by Eric Ries

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cult Bizz Tech
  • Hacker Earth
  • Ka Scope
  • Nest

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

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1 .) The Myths of Innovation written by Scott Berkun

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cult Bizz Tech
  • Hacker Earth
  • Nest
  • Scott Berkun
  • Sun Scrapers

How do we know if a hot new technology will succeed or fail? Most of us, even experts, get it wrong all the time. We depend more than we realize on wishful thinking and romanticized ideas of history. In the new paperback edition of this fascinating book, a book that has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, Slashdot.org, Lifehacker.com and in The New York Times, bestselling author Scott Berkun pulls the best lessons from the history of innovation, including the recent software and web age, to reveal powerful and suprising truths about how ideas become successful innovations — truths people can easily apply to the challenges of today. Through his entertaining and insightful explanations of the inherent patterns in how Einstein’s discovered E=mc2 or Tim Berner Lee’s developed the idea of the world wide web, you will see how to develop existing knowledge into new innovations. Each entertaining chapter centers on breaking apart a powerful myth, popular in the business world despite it’s lack of substance. Through Berkun’s extensive research into the truth about innovations in technology, business and science, you’ll learn lessons from the expensive failures and dramatic successes of innovations past, and understand how innovators achieved what they did — and what you need to do to be an innovator yourself.

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The 150+ Additional Best Books About Innovators



# Books Authors Lists
16 13 Things that Don’t Make Sense Michael Brooks Extra Slice
17 40 Years, 20 Million Ideas: The Toyota Suggestion System Yuzo Yasuda Idea Glow
18 Abundance FT
19 Active Innovation Idea Connection
20 Advice for Intrapreneurs Rocket Space
21 Alibaba FT
22 Bad Blood FT
23 Big Data FT
24
Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth
Cult Bizz Tech
25 Boom! Deciphering Innovation: How Disruption Drives Companies to Transform or Die Lisa Hendrickson and Jim Colwick INC
26 Breakthrough, V2 Idea Connection
27 Brotopia FT
28
Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy
Nesta
29 Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy Fast Company
30 Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation Tim Brown Sun Scrapers
31 Chaos Monkeys FT
32 Collaboration Idea Connection
33 Competing for the future Nest
34 Confessions of a Public Speaker Scott Berkun
35 Cost-o-vation Idea Connection
36 Creative Intelligence Bruce Nussbaum Observer
37 Creative Selection Idea Connection
38
Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention
Nest
39
Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Toolkit for Managers
Creativity At Work
40 Digital Gold FT
41
Digital to the Core: Remastering Leadership for Your Industry, Your Enterprise, and Yourself
Cult Bizz Tech
42
Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity
Creativity At Work
43
Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less
Creativity At Work
44
Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
Nesta
45 Dragnet Nation FT
46 Dream Teams Idea Connection
47 Economics for the Common Good Nesta
48 Elon Musk FT
49 Employee Driven Quality: Releasing the Creative Spirit of Your Organization Through Suggestion Systems Robin E. McDermott, Raymond J. Mikulak, and Michael R. Beauregard Idea Glow
50 Energy at the Crossroads Vaclav Smil Five Books
51 Energy Myths and Realities Vaclav Smil Extra Slice
52 Evolve or Die Idea Connection
53 Explaining Creativity Keith Sawyer Observer
54 Fast Second FT
55 Finding Inspiration Outside Your Company Rocket Space
56 Fluid: How Culture, Hidden Opportunities, and Flatter Structures Lead to Profitable Innovation Najeeb Khan INC
57 Free FT
58 FutureShop FT
59 Growing Business Innovation Idea Connection
60 Here Comes Everybody FT
61 How Many People Can the Earth Support? Joel E Cohen Five Books
62 How Music Got Free FT
63 Human Impacts on Weather and Climate William R Cotton and Roger A Pielke Five Books
64 Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution Is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder Idea Glow
65 Innovating Idea Connection
66 Innovation as Usual Paddy Miller & Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg Observer
67
Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Make Yourself Indispensable in Today’s Hypercompetitive World
Creativity At Work
68 Innovation Management and New Product Development Paul Trott Idea Glow
69 Innovation Nation: The Hidden Truth of How the Government Drives Change Taylor Fitzgerald INC
70 Inside the Box Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg Observer
71 Insights Into Open Innovation Rocket Space
72 Jobs to Be Done Small Biz Trends
73 Leap Idea Connection
74 Losing the Signal FT
75
Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future
Nest
76 MacroWikinomics FT
77 Makers FT
78 Making Innovation Work: How to Manage It, Measure It, and Profit from It Tony Davila, Marc Epstein, and Robert Shelton Idea Glow
79
Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management
Scott Berkun
80 Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change Joe Tidd and John Bessant Idea Glow
81 Mastering Corporate Innovation Rocket Space
82 Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation Nest
83 Matchmakers Small Biz Trends
84 Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds Scott Berkun
85 Move Fast and Break Things FT
86 Navigating Innovation Idea Connection
87 New Power FT
88
Open Innovation and Knowledge Management in Small and Medium Enterprises
Idea Connection
89 Practical Issues of Intelligent Innovations Idea Connection
90 Question Intelligence Idea Connection
91 Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World Melissa A. Schilling INC
92 Remix FT
93 Reset FT
94 Sādhanā: The Realisation of Life Fast Company
95 See Think Solve Idea Connection
96 Seeing Like a State James C Scott Five Books
97 Small Data Small Biz Trends
98 Standing on the Sun FT
99
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle
Nest
100 Steve Jobs FT
101
Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire: A Roadmap to a Sustainable Culture of Ingenuity and Purpose
Cult Bizz Tech
102 Sustainable Growth and Profits: Managing Your Innovation Strategy, Organization, and Initiatives Magnus Penker INC
103
Systems Thinking: Creative Holism for Managers
Idea Connection
104 Thank You for Being Late FT
105 The 100-Year Life FT
106 The 7th Sense William Duggan Observer
107 The Act of Creation Nest
108 The Age of Insight NPR
109 The Analytical Marketer Small Biz Trends
110 The Art of Critical Making Rosanne Somerson and Mara Hermano Observer
111
The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm
Cult Bizz Tech
112 The Atomic Innovation Handbook Idea Connection
113 The Cult of the Amateur FT
114 The Dance of the Possible Scott Berkun
115 The Digital Transformation Playbook Small Biz Trends
116
The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know his World and Himself
Nest
117 The Driver in the Driverless Car FT
118 The Essential Drucker Fast Company
119 The Everything Store FT
120 The Facebook Effect FT
121 The Fix FT
122
The Four Lenses of Innovation: A Power Tool for Creative Thinking
Cult Bizz Tech
123
The Future of Data Science and Parallel Computing
Idea Connection
124 The Ghost of My Father Scott Berkun
125
The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations
Nesta
126 The Hair of the Dog and other Scientific Surprises Karl Sabbagh Extra Slice
127
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
NPR
128 The Idea Generator: Quick and Easy Kaizen Bunji Tozawa and Norman Bodek Idea Glow
129
The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas―and What to Do About It
Nesta
130
The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators
Cult Bizz Tech
131
The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
Cult Bizz Tech
132 The Innovator’s Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for Predictable and Sustainable Organic Growth David Silverstein, Philip Samuel, and Neil DeCarlo Idea Glow
133 The Innovators FT
134 The Lean Strategy: Using Lean to Create Competitive Advantage, Unleash Innovation, and Deliver Sustainable Growth Michael Ballé, Daniel Jones & Jacques Chaize INC
135 The Long Tail FT
136 The Mathematical Corporation Small Biz Trends
137 The Miracle of Mindfulness Fast Company
138 The New Science of Radical Innovation: The Six Competencies Leaders Need to Win in a Complex World Sunnie Giles INC
139 The One Device FT
140 The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble Idea Glow
141 The Plague Albert Camus Observer
142 The Power of Myth Fast Company
143 The Powerhouse FT
144
The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work
Creativity At Work
145 The Rational Optimist FT
146 The Rise of the Robots FT
147 The Search FT
148 The Second Machine Age FT
149 The Smartest Places on Earth FT
150
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
NPR
151 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Nest
152 The Two Cultures Nest
153
The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & the Future of Work
Scott Berkun
154
Think Small: The Surprisingly Simple Ways to Reach Big Goals
Nesta
155 Think! Before It’s Too Late Nest
156
Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques
Nest
157 Thinking Through the Box Idea Connection
158 Thinking, Fast and Slow NPR
159 Time, Talent, Energy Small Biz Trends
160
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
NPR
161 Unflattening Nick Sousanis Observer
162 Unpuzzling Innovation Idea Connection
163 Verizon Untethered Ivan Seidenberg & Scott McMurray INC
164
What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation
Cult Bizz Tech
165
When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency
Nesta
166 Why We Disagree About Climate Change Mike Hulme Five Books
167 Wikinomics FT
168 Wild Ride FT
169 Working Successfully With Startups Rocket Space
170
WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
Nesta
171 Yoga for Leaders Small Biz Trends


19 Best Books For Innovation Sources/Lists



Source Article
Creativity At Work 6 Fabulous Books on Creativity, Innovation, and Design
Cult Bizz Tech The 15 Best Business Innovation Books Ever Written – Cultbizztech
Extra Slice Bill Gates Recommends These 4 Books on Science and Innovation
Fast Company 5 Classic Books That Have Inspired Innovative Thinking Throughout …
Five Books The Best Books on Climate Change Innovation | Five Books
FT Technology & Innovation (list) – Best business books – Financial Times
Hacker Earth Top 10 must-read books on innovation | Innovation Management …
Idea Connection Books on innovation, ideas, creativity and inventions. – IdeaConnection
Idea Glow 10 Best Books on Innovation Management
INC The Top Innovation Books of 2018 (So Far) | Inc.com
Ka Scope 5 Top Innovation Books Every Designer Must Read | Kaleidoscope …
Nest 20 books to ignite the innovator in you | Nest
Nesta 8 of the best books on innovation | Nesta
NPR What’s The Big Idea? 5 Books To Inspire Innovation : NPR
Observer The 10 Best Books on Innovation | Observer
Rocket Space New and Classic Corporate Innovation Books To Read in 2017
Scott Berkun The 5 best books on Innovation EVER | Scott Berkun
Small Biz Trends 9 Books Every Future Business Innovator Needs on the Bookshelf …
Sun Scrapers 5 fantastic books on creativity and innovation for 2018 – Blog About …
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