Innovation books – 5 reads for innovation folks

Innovation is hard enough – finding good innovation books can be near impossible. We’ve done the hard yards and compiled this list of five books that anyone interested in innovation should have a read of. Whether you’re looking to brush up your skills before one of our Innovation Workshops, or just want to know more about the process of innovation, there’s something here for everyone.


The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth
Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor

The Financial Times calls it “nothing less than a handbook for managers who would rather disrupt than be disrupted” and we couldn’t agree more. The book follows on from The Innovator’s Dilemma and gives advice on how to stop your company from failing. The book covers off how to achieve disruptive growth and suggests guidelines for developing your own growth machine.

Innovation is a State of Mind: Simple strategies to be more innovative in what you do
James O’Loghlin

James O’Loghlin spent 8 years hosting  The New Inventors and in that time, studied what these inventors did differently and how they took advantage of opportunities. This relatively simple read will give you ideas on how to introduce innovation into your everyday life.

Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty
Clayton M. Christensen

Global poverty is one of the world’s most challenging problems. Thoughts and prayers aren’t an effective strategy. This book takes the lessons of innovation and applies them to countries. It identifies the limits of economic development models, and offers a new framework for growth. Now, who said innovation couldn’t change the world?

The Art of Innovation
Tom Kelley

Tom Kelley, partner at IDEO, takes readers behind the scenes of this inspirational company to reveal the strategies and secrets it uses. Kelley believes that everyone can be creative – and the goal is to tap into that creativity to make innovation a way of life.

Milk! A 10,000-Year Food Fracas
Mark Kurlansky

Innovation doesn’t have to be big tech and super-apps, and likewise innovation books don’t always have to be about business… this biography of milk tells the compelling story of how milk has transformed the world from antiquity to the present. It’s a fascinating read into an everyday object that dives into the ramifications milk has had on evolution, religion, nutrition, politics and economics. If you like the sound of this, we also can’t recommend Spice enough which is, shockingly, the biography of spice and its massive impact on the world.

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