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The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun

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Ranked bibliography

Traditional bibliographies provide little value. They obscure the relative value of prior works and ignore how the author used them (were they devoured, skimmed, or used as a paperweight?). In addition to the annotated bibliography, I experimented with different formats for a comprehensive listing, and the result is this ranked bibliography. The intention is to indicate which sources drew attention during research.

The order below is based on a review of more than 200 pages of my research notes. Every note I took from a book counted as one point and the references are listed in ranked order. There is no ideal system for ranking influence (the flaw in this one is that not all notes influenced me equally), but this was the best of all those suggested.

82, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Peter Drucker
67, How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate, Andrew Hargadon
55, Diffusion of Innovations, Everett M. Rogers
55, The Engines of Our Ingenuity, John Lienhard
52, Creativity in Science: Chance, Logic, Genius, and Zeitgeist, Dean Keith Simonton
50, Fire in the Crucible: The Alchemy of Creative Genius, John Briggs
49, The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation, Robert Grudin
46, Really Useful: The Origins of Everyday Things, Joel Levy
46, Breakthrough: Stories and Strategies of Radical Innovation, Mark Stefik and Barbara Stefik
44, Innovation: The Basis for Cultural Change, H. G. Barnett
36, The Maze of Ingenuity, Arnold Pacey
35, Beethoven: ...

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