Summary of The Global Brain

Your Roadmap for Innovating Faster and Smarter in a Networked World

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The Global Brain book summary
Looking to innovate cheaper and faster? Tap into a global network.


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The idea of the “Global Brain” is not brand-new. However, as India’s and China’s economies continue to expand, and as their workforces’ technical expertise booms, this concept is becoming increasingly important in the business world. Modern companies must tap into ideas, talent and technology from around the globe to stay competitive. Satish Nambisan and Mohanbir Sawhney present a framework for thinking about and using “network-centric innovation” (NCI) in your firm. Although they intend their book to be practical, readers may find it more theoretical. The authors explain their models clearly, using helpful metaphors and anecdotes, but it will be up to you to find a way to implement them. getAbstract recommends this book to executives, research and development professionals, and managers who want to close the gap between “the desire to innovate and the ability to innovate.”

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why firms are tapping into the “Global Brain” to innovate more successfully;
  • How to choose an innovation model that fits your company;
  • How to prepare your company for “network-centric innovation” (NCI); and
  • How to recognize and deal with an innovation crisis.


Looking Outward
Innovation is the engine of prosperity. New products and services enable companies to compete profitably in the marketplace. This is especially true today. During the past century, products’ life cycles have been shortening. Whereas products once sold for decades with few...
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About the Authors

Satish Nambisan is an associate professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management and a widely published author. Mohanbir Sawhney is the McCormick Tribune Professor of Technology and the director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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