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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

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

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.

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

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles between Vision and Reality

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.

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

Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works

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.

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

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.

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

The Invisible Advantage: How to Create a Culture of Innovation

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.

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

The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It

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.

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

The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us about Innovation

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.

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

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.

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

101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization

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.

6 .) Innovation and Entrepreneurship written by Peter Drucker

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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.

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

Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates

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.

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

The Ten Faces of Innovation

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.

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

The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

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.

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

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

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.

1 .) The Myths of Innovation written by Scott Berkun

The Myths of Innovation

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,, 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.

The 150+ Additional Best Books About Innovators

1613 Things that Don’t Make SenseMichael BrooksExtra Slice
1740 Years, 20 Million Ideas: The Toyota Suggestion SystemYuzo YasudaIdea Glow
18Abundance FT
19Active Innovation Idea Connection
20Advice for Intrapreneurs Rocket Space
21Alibaba FT
22Bad Blood FT
23Big Data FT
Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth
 Cult Bizz Tech
25Boom! Deciphering Innovation: How Disruption Drives Companies to Transform or DieLisa Hendrickson and Jim ColwickINC
26Breakthrough, V2 Idea Connection
27Brotopia FT
Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy
29Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy Fast Company
30Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires InnovationTim BrownSun Scrapers
31Chaos Monkeys FT
32Collaboration Idea Connection
33Competing for the future Nest
34Confessions of a Public Speaker Scott Berkun
35Cost-o-vation Idea Connection
36Creative IntelligenceBruce NussbaumObserver
37Creative Selection Idea Connection
Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention
Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Toolkit for Managers
 Creativity At Work
40Digital Gold FT
Digital to the Core: Remastering Leadership for Your Industry, Your Enterprise, and Yourself
 Cult Bizz Tech
Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity
 Creativity At Work
Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less
 Creativity At Work
Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
45Dragnet Nation FT
46Dream Teams Idea Connection
47Economics for the Common Good Nesta
48Elon Musk FT
49Employee Driven Quality: Releasing the Creative Spirit of Your Organization Through Suggestion SystemsRobin E. McDermott, Raymond J. Mikulak, and Michael R. BeauregardIdea Glow
50Energy at the CrossroadsVaclav SmilFive Books
51Energy Myths and RealitiesVaclav SmilExtra Slice
52Evolve or Die Idea Connection
53Explaining CreativityKeith SawyerObserver
54Fast Second FT
55Finding Inspiration Outside Your Company Rocket Space
56Fluid: How Culture, Hidden Opportunities, and Flatter Structures Lead to Profitable InnovationNajeeb KhanINC
57Free FT
58FutureShop FT
59Growing Business Innovation Idea Connection
60Here Comes Everybody FT
61How Many People Can the Earth Support?Joel E CohenFive Books
62How Music Got Free FT
63Human Impacts on Weather and ClimateWilliam R Cotton and Roger A PielkeFive Books
64Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution Is Liberating People and Transforming OrganizationsAlan G. Robinson and Dean M. SchroederIdea Glow
65Innovating Idea Connection
66Innovation as UsualPaddy Miller & Thomas Wedell-WedellsborgObserver
Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Make Yourself Indispensable in Today’s Hypercompetitive World
 Creativity At Work
68Innovation Management and New Product DevelopmentPaul TrottIdea Glow
69Innovation Nation: The Hidden Truth of How the Government Drives ChangeTaylor FitzgeraldINC
70Inside the BoxDrew Boyd and Jacob GoldenbergObserver
71Insights Into Open Innovation Rocket Space
72Jobs to Be Done Small Biz Trends
73Leap Idea Connection
74Losing the Signal FT
Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future
76MacroWikinomics FT
77Makers FT
78Making Innovation Work: How to Manage It, Measure It, and Profit from ItTony Davila, Marc Epstein, and Robert SheltonIdea Glow
Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management
 Scott Berkun
80Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational ChangeJoe Tidd and John BessantIdea Glow
81Mastering Corporate Innovation Rocket Space
82Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation Nest
83Matchmakers Small Biz Trends
84Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds Scott Berkun
85Move Fast and Break Things FT
86Navigating Innovation Idea Connection
87New Power FT
Open Innovation and Knowledge Management in Small and Medium Enterprises
 Idea Connection
89Practical Issues of Intelligent Innovations Idea Connection
90Question Intelligence Idea Connection
91Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the WorldMelissa A. SchillingINC
92Remix FT
93Reset FT
94Sādhanā: The Realisation of Life Fast Company
95See Think Solve Idea Connection
96Seeing Like a StateJames C ScottFive Books
97Small Data Small Biz Trends
98Standing on the Sun FT
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle
100Steve Jobs FT
Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire: A Roadmap to a Sustainable Culture of Ingenuity and Purpose
 Cult Bizz Tech
102Sustainable Growth and Profits: Managing Your Innovation Strategy, Organization, and InitiativesMagnus PenkerINC
Systems Thinking: Creative Holism for Managers
 Idea Connection
104Thank You for Being Late FT
105The 100-Year Life FT
106The 7th SenseWilliam DugganObserver
107The Act of Creation Nest
108The Age of Insight NPR
109The Analytical Marketer Small Biz Trends
110The Art of Critical MakingRosanne Somerson and Mara HermanoObserver
The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm
 Cult Bizz Tech
112The Atomic Innovation Handbook Idea Connection
113The Cult of the Amateur FT
114The Dance of the Possible Scott Berkun
115The Digital Transformation Playbook Small Biz Trends
The Discoverers: A History of Man’s Search to Know his World and Himself
117The Driver in the Driverless Car FT
118The Essential Drucker Fast Company
119The Everything Store FT
120The Facebook Effect FT
121The Fix FT
The Four Lenses of Innovation: A Power Tool for Creative Thinking
 Cult Bizz Tech
The Future of Data Science and Parallel Computing
 Idea Connection
124The Ghost of My Father Scott Berkun
The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations
126The Hair of the Dog and other Scientific SurprisesKarl SabbaghExtra Slice
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
128The Idea Generator: Quick and Easy KaizenBunji Tozawa and Norman BodekIdea Glow
The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas―and What to Do About It
The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators
 Cult Bizz Tech
The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
 Cult Bizz Tech
132The Innovator’s Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for Predictable and Sustainable Organic GrowthDavid Silverstein, Philip Samuel, and Neil DeCarloIdea Glow
133The Innovators FT
134The Lean Strategy: Using Lean to Create Competitive Advantage, Unleash Innovation, and Deliver Sustainable GrowthMichael Ballé, Daniel Jones & Jacques ChaizeINC
135The Long Tail FT
136The Mathematical Corporation Small Biz Trends
137The Miracle of Mindfulness Fast Company
138The New Science of Radical Innovation: The Six Competencies Leaders Need to Win in a Complex WorldSunnie GilesINC
139The One Device FT
140The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution ChallengeVijay Govindarajan and Chris TrimbleIdea Glow
141The PlagueAlbert CamusObserver
142The Power of Myth Fast Company
143The Powerhouse FT
The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work
 Creativity At Work
145The Rational Optimist FT
146The Rise of the Robots FT
147The Search FT
148The Second Machine Age FT
149The Smartest Places on Earth FT
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
151The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Nest
152The Two Cultures Nest
The Year Without Pants: & the Future of Work
 Scott Berkun
Think Small: The Surprisingly Simple Ways to Reach Big Goals
155Think! Before It’s Too Late Nest
Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques
157Thinking Through the Box Idea Connection
158Thinking, Fast and Slow NPR
159Time, Talent, Energy Small Biz Trends
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
161UnflatteningNick SousanisObserver
162Unpuzzling Innovation Idea Connection
163Verizon UntetheredIvan Seidenberg & Scott McMurrayINC
What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation
 Cult Bizz Tech
When the State Meets the Street: Public Service and Moral Agency
166Why We Disagree About Climate ChangeMike HulmeFive Books
167Wikinomics FT
168Wild Ride FT
169Working Successfully With Startups Rocket Space
WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
171Yoga for Leaders Small Biz Trends

19 Best Books For Innovation Sources/Lists

Creativity At Work 6 Fabulous Books on Creativity, Innovation, and Design
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Idea Glow 10 Best Books on Innovation Management
INC The Top Innovation Books of 2018 (So Far) |
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 …