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The Learning Journal

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's (RPI) Phase I study results concluded in 2000 that companies require an innovation hub, or network of hubs, to manage the radical/breakthrough innovation system. In addition, there are four uncertainties (technical, market, resource and organization) to manage, not two (focus of previous research was on technical and market only), and seven management challenges to overcome for successfully implementing radical innovation in mature companies.

As a result, the innovation system is highly complex and requires a surrounding infrastructure to build a systematic and sustainable organizational capability that encompasses strategy, leadership, system and culture dimensions. Further, the principles and practices developed from the radical innovation research apply equally to all forms of innovation beyond incremental, due to the higher levels of uncertainty that these innovation projects experience.


The Human Side of RI
Governance of Innovation Centers 2007
What’s Next Strategic Innovation
Organizing for RI JPIM 2006


The Transitional Management Challenge
Role of RI Hubs


Implementing a Learning Plan to Counter Project Uncertainty
Market Learning and Radical Innovation
Probe and Learn
RI Opportunity Recognition and Evaluation
Commercializing Discontinuous Innovations