The Organization and Architecture of Innovation: Managing the Flow of Technology by Thomas J. Allen, Gunter W. Henn



The Organization and Architecture of Innovation: Managing the Flow of Technology by Thomas J. Allen, Gunter W. Henn
This book explores the impact of organizational and spatial factors on communication and innovation. By explicitly focusing on the symbiosis between organization and architecture, the authors successfully fill an important gap in the management of innovation and technology literature. This book is an evident must for every professional involved in innovation management.
Rooted in Tom Allen's classic research with R&D engineers and scientists, ithe book brings the subject right up to date in the context of the BMW Projekthaus, designed by the book's co-author Gunter Henn. This concise work is a 'must read' for all those concerned with enhancing the innovation and product development process in high-tech businesses.
Contents
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
Chapter 1.Organization and Architecture
Chapter 2. The Process of Innovation
Types of Communication
The Evolution of Organizational Structure
The Trumpet Model of the Product Development Process and Physical Space
Chapter 3. The Flow of Communication in Space
The Role Played by Physical Space
The Configuration of Physical Space May Hinder Interaction
The Steelcase Example
The Coming Example
Chapter 4. Increasing Awareness
Centers of Gravity and Awareness
Influencing Centers of Gravity
Skoda Assembly Plant—Awareness of Quality
Technical University of Munich—Awareness of Learning
Chapter 5. Two Management Tools Employed Together
The BMW Projekthaus in Munich
Reflecting Back
References
Index
with TOC BookMarkLinks


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