State of the Art

"Innovation is cited as the single most important benefit of knowledge management, well ahead of the benefit cited in second place—flexibility."
(Business Intelligence/Ernst&Young Survey, 1997)

"Every organizationnot just businessesneeds one core competence: innovation. And every organization needs a way to record and appraise its innovative performance."(Peter F. Drucker, Harvard Business Review 1995)

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Innovation Strategy for the Knowledge Economy: The Ken Awakening

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See also: One Day Practicum: An Interactive Workshop based on this book.

Also available in French.

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Also available in German with a companion Study Guide.

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Also available in Chinese.

Chinese: Innovation Strategy for the Knowledge Economy: The Ken Awakening

Published by Xinhua Publishing House, Xinhua News Agency, China. Ordering details available by contacting Xu Xin,, or Zhang Nian

Spanish Translation of Ken

Spanish translation (Estrategias para innovar en la economía del conocimiento) is available through Editorial Kendra S.A. de C.V., contact ambrosio@kendra.

See also: Spanish Study Guide.

A Portuguese translation of the book will soon be available with companion Study Guide.


Innovation Strategy for the Knowledge Economy: The Ken Awakening, published by Butterworth-Heinemann (May 1997), is one of a trilogy of key publications.

This book is intended for managers who have practiced the best of quality and reengineering management techniques and are ready to transform their organizations with systematic knowledge creation and application. As a verb, ken means to know or recognize. As a noun, it means perception or understanding. Ken is the unifying term that brings together the variety of perspectives that comprise the "community of knowledge practice."

This simple, but comprehensive book provides a scope of the evolution of the knowledge movement, the core principles of modern management, an assessment to gauge the enterprise innovation competence and focus on customer innovation and a vision for the future. It is designed from small entrepreneurial forms as well as large scale enterprises. Selected for Business Literacy 2000, a companion Study Guide can be used in groups, such as management teams and/or for classroom instruction.

The Ken Awakening is also available in Chinese. Spanish, Portuguese, German and French versions have already been commissioned.

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"Debra M. Amidon has captured the most forward-thinking ideas in the areas of knowledge management and learning organizations and their impact on innovation" —Gordon Petrash, (Global Director, Intellectual Asset and Capital Management, Dow Chemical).

"This book constitutes a milestone in the comprehensive work of renewal and development",—Leif Edvinsson (Vice President of Intellectual Capital, Skandia)

"Debra M. Amidon offers practical, impactful, and systematic ways to partner with your customers to create whole new pathways of value creation."—Hubert Saint-Onge, V.P., People, Knowledge and Strategies, The Mutual Group.

"The richness of the concepts is challenging. It's not what you know. It's not even who you know that is important, Instead, Debra M. Amidon demonstrates that it is how you know—how the innovation process can be made to function for your business success," —Dr. Parry Norling, Planning Director, DuPont.

"Debra's perspective on knowledge management is compelling and can be compared to Monet's perspective on painting —understanding it requires the big view in order to see the detail. Her ideas more than work — they win!" —Dr. Bill Miller, V.P. Research and Business Development, Steelcase.

"Debra's book is a call to concentrate on the core of innovation. Its vision will urge you to act by participating in the international network of knowledge management practitioners." —Dr. Jean Marc Le Duc, Direction Generale, Ministere de la Recherche et de l'Espace.

"Debra Amidon is the most original conceptual thinker in the area of knowledge management. This book is a gold mine!" — Karl-Erik Sveiby, author, "The New Organizational Wealth: Managing and Measuring Knowledge-Based Assets".


The State-of-the-Practice
A 524 page management report: Creating the Knowledge-Based Business, co-authored with ENTOVATION Fellow David J. Skyrme, published by Business Intelligence (June 1997).

The report gives key lessons from an international study of best practice. It includes 10 in-depth case studies and many additional caselets, that illustrate the full gamut of knowledge management theory and practice.

The State-of-the-Future
Collaborative Innovation and the Knowledge Economy. This monograph was published in early 1998 by the Society for Management Accountants of Canada.

Interest in a new economic world order based upon intellectual capital has grown exponentially in both industrialized nations and developing countries around the world. We are not at a loss for new ideas, but rather the infrastructure to effectively move ideas to prosperity (i.e. the innovation cycle).

This monograph is intended to (1) outline the major trends, (2) identify fragmented streams of activity which could be coalesced with a new common innovation language, (3) define the core premise fundamental to a collaborative future of shared prosperity and (4) suggest a blueprint for a dialogue which may chart a direction toward the emerging "world trade of ideas".

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