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Dorothy Leonard

Dorothy Leonard's website (official or not) http://www.people.hbs.edu/dleonard/
subjects Dorothy Leonard writes about Innovation & Creativity, Operations, Knowledge Management
Dorothy Leonard's profile William J. Abernathy Professor Business Administration, Harvard Business School.

Professor Dorothy Leonard's new book, When Sparks Fly: Igniting Creativity in Groups, co-authored with Walter Swap, was published during the summer of 1999 by Harvard Business School Press. Leonard and Swap explore how all aspects of the work environment, from leadership style to the promotion of passion to the use of space to maximize serendipity, can enhance innovation. Drawing on examples in companies that range from small start-ups to Fisher-Price, Intel and Hewlett-Packard, When Sparks Fly shows how sophisticated managers can galvanize groups to maximize their creative potential. According to David M. Kelly (CEO of IDEO Product Development and Professor at Stanford University), "Leonard and Swap marshal an impressive array of evidence that group creativity can be taught, nurtured, managed, and even grown from scratch. With creativity and innovation poised as the next frontier of international business competition, every manager who wants to make a difference should read When Sparks Fly."

Professor Dorothy Leonard's first book, Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation, draws on research and observations accumulated over several decades. From her early experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, to scholarly research conducted at Stanford and MIT, Leonard has been interested in behavioral interactions with technology. Since joining the Harvard Business School in 1983, she has focused this interest on key managerial actions and their link to competitiveness, conducting field-based research at major corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, and Monsanto.

Leonard uses teaching cases and articles that resulted from this research, to articulate a series of answers to the question - - Why are some companies better at innovation than others? The book reveals lessons for creating, nurturing, and growing the experience and accumulated knowledge of the organization into renewable assets and competitive advantage.

Wellsprings of Knowledge uses examples of both successes and failures in new product development, and introduces new concepts such as creative abrasion, empathic design, and failing forward, in order to reveal the key knowledge building activities that managers need to guide, control, and inspire:

developing shared problem-solving skills
experimenting
integrating information across functional and project boundaries
importing expertise from outside the firm
The book was written "in the hopes that it may stimulate - and help - managers to think constantly about the potential knowledge-building import of every single technology-related decision they make. Those decisions must originate in an understanding of the long-term, systemic, and people-based nature of technological advantage"The book was also written "to provide academics with material that can be used in training managers in this kind of thinking". - Professor Dorothy Leonard.


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When Sparks Fly: Harnessing the Power of Group Creativity
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Where do the best creative ideas come from? Most managers assume that it's the readily identifiable "creative types" that offer the quickest route to out-of-the-box thinking. Yet, say Dorothy Leonard...

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 Harvard Business School Press
 February 2005 - Paperback
 Innovation & Creativity
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Deep Smarts: How to Cultivate and Transfer Enduring Business Wisdom
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Deep smarts are the engine of any organization as well as the essential value that individuals build throughout their careers. Distinct from IQ, this type of expertise consists of practical wisdom:...

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 Harvard Business School Press
 January 2005 - Hardcover
 Management Skills
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Total Performance Scorecard: Redefining Management to Achieve Performance with Integrity
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In the post-Enron climate corporate executives are increasingly pressured to increase productivity and create an ethical, trustworthy organizational climate. 'Total Performance Scorecard' introduces a

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 Butterworth-Heinemann
 May 2003 - Hardcover
 Operations
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When Sparks Fly: Igniting Creativity in Groups
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Harvard Business Review on Breakthrough Thinking
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Proven strategies for fostering and managing creativity do exist--the Harvard Business Review has published some of the best thinking on how to organize for innovation. This collection highlights...

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Harvard Business Review on Knowledge Management
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This title presents leading minds and landmark ideas in an easily accessible format. From the preeminent thinkers whose work has defined an entire field to the rising stars who will redefine the way...

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 Harvard Business School Press
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 Knowledge Management
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Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation
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"Wellsprings of Knowledge" focuses on the knowledge-creating activities and behaviors that managers guide, control, and inspire: developing problem-solving skills; experimenting to build for the...

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 Harvard Business School Press
 May 1998 - Paperback
 Innovation & Creativity
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