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Innovation Best Books 2009 by BusinessWeek

The best innovation books of 2009 selected by BusinessWeek highlight four major subjects: (1) Design-driven innovation: how design strategies are shaping the future of businesses, (2) Innovation in uncertain times: how to reduce risk in periods of crisis, (3) Intelligent innovation: how to tap into the power of creativity, collaboration, and networking, and   (4) Leadership. Titles, authors, and publishers are listed below:

Design-Driven Innovation

  • Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
    By Tim Brown, HarperCollins/HarperBusiness
  • The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage
    By Roger L. Martin, Harvard Business PresS
  • A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business
    By Hartmut Esslinger, Jossey-Bass
  • Design-Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean
    By Roberto Verganti, Harvard Business Press
  • I Miss My Pencil
    By Martin Bone and Kara Johnson, Chronicle Books
  • Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life and Maybe Even The World
    By Warren Berger, The Penguin Press
  • In Pursuit of Elegance: Why The Best Ideas Have Something Missing
    By Matthew E. May, Broadway Business

Innovation in uncertain times

  • Discovery-Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity
    By Rita Gunther McGrath and Ian C. MacMillan, Harvard Business Press
  • The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It
    By Joshua Cooper Ramo, Little, Brown & Company
  • The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times
    By Scott D. Anthony, Harvard Business Press
  • How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In
    By Jim Collins, HarperCollins
  • Innovation Tournaments: Creating and Selecting Exceptional Opportunities
    By Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich, Harvard Business Press

Intelligent innovation

  • Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People
    By Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, Harvard Business Press
  • Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives
    By Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler, Little, Brown & Co.
  • Wired To Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy
    By Dev Patnaik with Peter Mortensen, Financial Times Press
  • What Would Google Do?
    By Jeff Jarvis, HarperCollins/HarperBusiness


  • The Catalyst: How You Can Become an Extraordinary Growth Leader
    By Jeanne Liedtka, Robert Rosen, and Robert Wiltbank
  • Crown Business, Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model
    By John Mullins and Randy Komisar, Harvard Business Press
  • Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation
    By Grant McCracken, Basic Books

Source: BusinessWeek