Summary of Innovation the NASA Way

Harnessing the Power of Your Organization for Breakthrough Success

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Innovation the NASA Way book summary
NASA was once the world’s most innovative organization; today’s businesses can learn from its methods.


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The US National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) has a remarkable history of space exploration. Its track record offers many lessons about incorporating up-to-date, high-tech and scientific advances to achieve innovation in your organization. Respected space authority Rod Pyle details NASA’s greatest accomplishments in this primer on innovation and its requirements. Pyle, an excellent narrator, offers valuable lessons from NASA’s successes and most dramatic disasters. Incongruously, his book gives shorter shrift to disasters, like the Challenger and Columbia shuttles, than to triumphs, though both carry lessons, and he even seems to recommend fibbing to get what you want. Pyle provides other, more positive little-known and very memorable information. For example, the idea for the space shuttle came from a planned Nazi winged rocket plane that was to drop atom bombs on New York City during World War II. getAbstract recommends this history to students, start-ups, entrepreneurs and any businessperson with a thirst for high-flying innovation.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What qualities make NASA special
  • What NASA’s greatest achievements are
  • How NASA innovates


Lunar Landing
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced to the world that America had set the goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. The moon mission became the primary task of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). By the late 1960s, the Apollo...
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About the Author

Rod Pyle led leadership training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for business executives. He has written extensively on space exploration and NASA’s inner workings.

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