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Blue Ocean Shift

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing (Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth)

Written by: W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgn
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, PE, PMP, NPDP, PEM, SMC

In 2005, Professor W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne changed the international business landscape. They presented their theory of “Red Oceans” as the allegory for fierce competition in well-established markets, and of “Blue Oceans” which have almost no competition at all. Read more.

Managing Virtual Teams

Managing Virtual Teams

Written by: Silvester Ivanaj and Claire Bozon
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP

Nearly all of us work in virtual teams. We understand that virtual teams (VT) may struggle with communication and collaboration since we don’t see our colleagues face-to-face (F2F). Yet, VTs offer many advantages for new product development (NPD) because they allow us access to diverse perspectives and global market intelligence. Read more.

Competing Against Luck

Competing Against Luck

Written by: Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon, and David S. Duncan
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP

Like many new product development professionals (NPDP), I am a big fan of Clayton Christensen’s work. His latest book, Competing Against Luck, with co-authors Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon and David S. Duncan, does not disappoint. Filled with classic stories of innovation success, the text instructs how to drive business growth from a customer-centric viewpoint. Read more.

Smarter, Better, Faster

Smarter, Better, Faster

Written by: Charles Duhigg
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP

Who among us does not wish to improve his or her productivity? Charles Duhigg’s well-researched, new book, Smarter, Faster, Better, offers several tips we can apply to our own lives, as well as to our work teams, to improve productivity and efficiency. Read more.

Disrupt Yourself

Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work

Written by: Whitney Johnson
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP

Whitney Johnson, a colleague of Clayton Christensen and a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, presents an introspective look at disruption in Disrupt Yourself. This small book examines how we can apply innovation theory, like disruption and S-curves, to changing our personal and professional lives. Read more.

Scaling Up

Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It... and Why the Rest Don't

Written by: Verne Harnish
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP

Product managers and product development practitioners are challenged to satisfy customer needs. Yet without attention to the needs of internal customers and careful regulation of business processes, new products can fail to generate revenue or to meet growth objectives. Read more.

Breaking Failure

Breaking Failure

Written by: Alexander D. Edsel
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP

Breaking Failure by Alexander Edsel examines business failure and underperformance that occurs in many businesses and industries today. The director of the Master of Science in Marketing program for the Naveen Jindal School of Business at The University of Texas at Dallas, Edsel has more than 20 years of product and marketing management experience in the chemical, tech and health care fields. Read more.

Collective Genius

Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

Written by: Linda Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, and Kent Linebeck
Reviewed by: Joshua Cohen

Is your organization both willing and able to innovate? If not, or if you’re still getting there, “Collective Genius” will help catalyze your efforts. From the start, “Collective Genius” warns us that the ability to innovate quickly and effectively, again and again, is perhaps the only enduring competitive advantage. Read more.

What Great Brands Do

What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest

Written by: Denise Lee Yohn
Reviewed by: Stephanie Richards

Written by: Denise Lee Yohn, “What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest” identifies seven principles of building a brand that are interdependent on one another, resulting in a holistic approach to building a business as a brand. Read more.

The Agility Advantage

The Agility Advantage

Written by: Amanda Setili
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP, Simple-PDH

Today, customers will change brands and products based on the newest feature sets and rapidly evolving social trends. A company cannot follow a stagnant strategy that fails to adapt to erupting market needs and widespread technological volatility. To survive against clever global competitors, a company must quickly identify and act on new opportunities. Read more.

No One Understands You and What You Do About It

No One Understands You and What to Do About It

Written by: Heidi Grant Halvorson
Reviewed by: Charles Hammer, John Wiley & Sons

I like to think of myself as smart, funny, not too ugly, and the kind of person who gets things done. But what if I discovered that most of my colleagues find me dull, dim, and just plain ugly? Would it matter to me professionally? As a product manager who relies on people across the organization to get my work done, the answer is a clear yes. This is the kind of problem Heidi Grant Halvorson helps us understand and fix in her book No One Understands You and What to Do About It”Read more.

The Savvy Corporate Innovator

The Savvy Corporate Innovator: Key Strategies to Get Your Big Idea Funded in 30 Days

Written by: Dorian Simpson
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP

Dorian Simpson’s new book, The Savvy Corporate Innovator, is targeted to the well-known challenge of gaining funding for a new idea.  While start-ups and entrepreneurs follow their passions with inventions, the corporate environment is far more structured and focused on operational stabilityThe Savvy Corporate Innovator offers tips and tools for a technical expert to move his/her idea from conception through initial funding. Read more.

Business Model Innovation

Business Model Innovation: Concepts, Analysis, and Cases

Written by: Allan Afuah
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP

As anyone who works in innovation knows, the world is changing rapidly.  Not only is technology advancing at a faster pace than ever, global markets are opening and shifting at a breakneck pace as well.  Keeping up with existing customers is a challenge yet companies must also be innovating to sustain growth in this new paradigm.  Beyond product and service innovation, business model innovation can secure a firm’s place in a rapidly changing global marketplace. Read more.

Navigating Strategic Decisions

Navigating Strategic Decisions: The Power of Sound Analysis and Forecasting

Written by: John E. Triantis 
Reviewed by: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP

Working in new product development (NPD), we are faced with decisions and trade-offs on a daily basis. Moreover, we are challenged to ensure that product features, target markets, and technologies align with overall business and strategic objectives. Projects are advanced based not only on technical merits but also sales, revenue, and profit forecasts. Read more.

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