The Eye for Innovation : Recognizing Possibilities and Managing the Creative Enterprise.

Price, Robert.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005.
1 online resource (352 pages)
Control Data Corporation -- History.
Creative ability in business.
Information technology.
Technological innovations -- Management.
Electronic books.
Innovation is synonymous with problem solving, and the basic elements of innovation apply to any business, says Robert M. Price in this essential guide for managers of organizations large or small. Distilling a set of practical principles from his forty years of experience as a pioneer in the computer industry, the author shows that innovation can be learned and practiced by everyone, that it can offer solutions to everyday problems as well as high-profile ones, and that it provides opportunities to solve business problems while meeting a variety of human needs. Former CEO of Control Data, Price weaves the history of this uniquely innovative company with fresh thinking about innovation itself-what it means to the people in an organization, the products, and the processes. He avoids simplistic prescriptions and clearly explains seven fundamental principles of innovation beginning with "innovators are made, not born." He illustrates these principles with fascinating real-life examples. His book offers both the practical tools and the inspiration to everyone with an interest in effective management practice and in building organizations that creatively and continuously respond to ever-changing social and market needs.
Foreword by William C. Norris
Part One: Habitats for Innovation and Their Inhabitants
1. The Once and Future Company
2. On the Edge of the Possible
3. Meeting Vital Needs
4. Fostering the Courage to Innovate
5. Building a Framework for Innovation
Part Two: Technology, Innovation, and Strategy
6. Journeys in Strategic Space
7. The Care and Feeding of Strategy-The Technology Food Chain
Part Three: Forging a Strategic Journey: The Decision Trichotomy
8. Collaborate to Compete
9. The Art of Acquisition
10. "Make": Relying on Internal Resources
11. Accepting Daring and Unusual Challenges
Part Four: Strategies for the Unexpected and the Unusual
12. When It Hits the Fan: Perilous Journeys-Innovation in Times of Crisis
13. Innovating Beyond the Walls
14. Extraordinary Innovation, Extraordinary Collaboration
Appendix 1: Control Data Timeline
Appendix 2: Organization Charts (1957-1986)
Appendix 3: Robert Price Presentation to the Control Data Corporation Board of Directors (March 14, 1985)
Appendix 4: Seymour Cray Letters
Appendix 5: Robert Price Speech to CBEMA Panel-"Microelectronics:'The Crude Oil of the '80s'" (April 7, 1981
Appendix 6: New York Times article: "Computer Accord Signed by Soviets"
Appendix 7: Memoirs of Carolyn Firouztash,
Appendix 8: Spin-offs and Start-ups by Former Control Data Employees (partial list)
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