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Any organization can innovate once. The challenge is to innovate twice, thrice, and more?to make innovation a part of daily good practice. This book shows how nonprofit and government organizations can transform the single, occasional act of innovating into an everyday occurrence by forging a culture of natural innovation.

What makes innovation occur naturally? Paul C. Light studied twenty-six nonprofit and government organizations in a wide variety of fields and discovered that innovating organizations have four broad characteristics: a commitment to controlling their environments (rather than the other way around); an internal structure that creates the freedom to imagine; leadership that prepares the organization to innovate; and management systems that serve the mission of the organization, not vice versa.

Filled with real success stories and practical lessons learned, Sustaining Innovation offers examples of how organizations can take the first step toward innovativeness, advice on how to survive the inevitable mistakes along the way, and tools for keeping the edge once the journey is complete. Light also provides a set of simple suggestions for fitting the lessons to the different management pressures facing the nonprofit sector and government. Unlike in the private sector, where innovation needs only to be profitable to be worth doing, nonprofit and government innovation must be about doing something worthwhile. It must challenge the prevailing wisdom and advance the public good. Sustaining Innovation gives nonprofit and government managers a coherent, easily understandable model for making this kind of innovation a natural reality.

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Paul Light has captured the spirit of innovation. It is not about spectacular acts by individuals who labor against the odds, but about the hard work of building organizations in which innovation is expected and possible. It is about tilling the soil so that ideas can flourish. Anyone who wants to take their organization forward toward natural innovation should read this book.

--Walter F. Mondale

Any organization can innovate once. The challenge is to innovate twice, thrice, and more?to make innovation a part of daily good practice. This book shows how nonprofit and government organizations can transform the single, occasional act of innovating into an everyday occurrence by forging a culture of natural innovation.

Filled with real success stories and practical lessons learned, Sustaining Innovation offers examples of how organizations can take the first step toward innovativeness, advice on how to survive the inevitable mistakes along the way, and tools for keeping the edge once the journey is complete.

Light also provides a set of simple suggestions for fitting the lessons to the different management pressures facing the government and nonprofit sector. Unlike the private sector, where innovation needs only to be profitable to be worth doing, government and nonprofit innovation must be about doing something worthewhile. It must challenge the prevailingwisdom and advance the public good. Sustaining Innovation gives nonprofit and government managers a coherent, easily understood model for making this kind of innovation a natural reality.

About the Author

PAUL C. LIGHT is director of the Public Policy Program at The Pew Charitable Trusts. He has taught at the University of Virginia and Georgetown University, and was most recently associate dean and professor of planning and public affairs at the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He is the award-winning author of The Tides of Reform: Making Government Work, 1945-1995 (1997), Thickening Government: Federal Hierarchy and the Diffusion of Accountability (1995), and many other books, monographs, and articles.

Table of Contents

1. Preferred States of Organizational Being.

2. Removing Barriers and Debunking Myths.

3. Harnessing the Environment as a Force for Change.

4. Structuring the Organization to Encourage Creativity.

5. Changing the Leader's Work.

6. Using Management Systems that Accelerate Good Ideas.

7. Confronting Real Life in Nonprofit and Governmental Organizations.

8. The Core Values of Innovating Organizations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787940980
Editor:
Shrader, A.
Author:
Shrader, A.
Author:
Light, Paul C.
Author:
Light, Paul Charles
Author:
Light
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
Systems & Planning
Subject:
Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
Subject:
Strategic planning
Subject:
Structural Adjustment
Subject:
Organizational change
Subject:
Nonprofit organizations
Subject:
business, business plans
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
Jossey-Bass Nonprofit and Public Management Series
Publication Date:
January 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.31x6.29x1.06 in. 1.19 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Paul Light has captured the spirit of innovation. It is not about spectacular acts by individuals who labor against the odds, but about the hard work of building organizations in which innovation is expected and possible. It is about tilling the soil so that ideas can flourish. Anyone who wants to take their organization forward toward natural innovation should read this book.

--Walter F. Mondale

Any organization can innovate once. The challenge is to innovate twice, thrice, and more?to make innovation a part of daily good practice. This book shows how nonprofit and government organizations can transform the single, occasional act of innovating into an everyday occurrence by forging a culture of natural innovation.

Filled with real success stories and practical lessons learned, Sustaining Innovation offers examples of how organizations can take the first step toward innovativeness, advice on how to survive the inevitable mistakes along the way, and tools for keeping the edge once the journey is complete.

Light also provides a set of simple suggestions for fitting the lessons to the different management pressures facing the government and nonprofit sector. Unlike the private sector, where innovation needs only to be profitable to be worth doing, government and nonprofit innovation must be about doing something worthewhile. It must challenge the prevailingwisdom and advance the public good. Sustaining Innovation gives nonprofit and government managers a coherent, easily understood model for making this kind of innovation a natural reality.

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