Why Smart Companies Do Dumb Things


More than 90 percent of innovation initiatives fail to achieve their return-on-investment targets. Poor management decisions and lack of marketplace savvy often undermine even huge research efforts. Can America continue to be a formidable global competitor with this kind of failure rate?Taking a case history approach, this book examines eight typical innovation blunders that continually doom new product development. From misjudging the market and "dead-on-arrival products" to "fatal frugality" and "timetable tyranny," the author discusses not only why such mistakes occur but also the dire consequences to both investors and employees. Among the problems Hodock points to are breakdowns in the marketing research process, marketing dishonesty, lack of real-world preparation among newly graduated MBAs, CEOs under pressure to deliver unrealistic earning targets, clueless boards of directors, and the general absence of accountability. After analyzing each problem, Hodock emphasizes the lesson learned and concludes with a list of best practices for successful innovation. He shows how even modest improvements in the innovation process can double the bottom line for any company while making their shareholders more prosperous and happier.Hodock's incisive analysis and illuminating new approaches to successful development and marketing are must reading for students of business, seasoned corporate executives, and anyone interested in the future of American business.

Why Smart Companies Do Dumb Things: Avoiding Eight Common Mistakes in New Product Development | Calvin L. Hodock | Prometheus

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Apparel & Wearables 

Chapter 2: Automotive & Transportation

Chapter 3: Consumer Electronics

Chapter 4: Consumer Packaged Goods & Toiletries

Chapter 5: Entertainment

Chapter 6: Food & Beverage

Chapter 7: Gaming

Chapter 8: Pharmaceuticals

Chapter 9: Software & Technology

Chapter 10: Toys

Chapter 11: Miscellaneous





Written by Venkadesh Narayanan

Venkadesh is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA with 30 years of experience in the domains of supply chain management, business analysis, new product development, business plan and standard operating procedures. He is currently working as Principal Consultant at Fhyzics Business Consultants. He is also serving as President, PDMA-India (an Indian affiliate of PDMA, USA) and Recognised Instructor of APICS, USA and CIPS, UK. He is a former member of Indian Civil Services (IRAS). Fhyzics offers consulting, certification, and executive development programs in the domains of supply chain management, business analysis and new product development.

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