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Infusing Innovation Into Organizations
A Systems Engineering Approach

ISBN 9781498732512
Published March 1, 2016 by CRC Press
411 Pages 102 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Foster a Culture of Innovation inside Your Organization

Introducing a new approach that blends the practical applications of engineering with innovative concepts and techniques, Infusing Innovation into Organizations: A Systems Engineering Approach illustrates how a company’s culture influences innovation results and demonstrates how organizations can successfully create, explore, and test ideas. The book outlines an innovation framework representing a "systemic" approach that works within an organization’s culture (or context). It describes the principles and practices of innovation, relates these principles to systemic practices and the culture of a research and development organization, and incorporates innovation initiatives that can revitalize the performance of an organization.

The book utilizes numerous case studies that help determine what makes an organization more likely to produce innovative products and ideas. Providing relevant background and a description for each case study, it details innovative activity, innovative impact, and the characteristics and features of each innovation. It also describes the principles and practices of innovation and relates these principles to systemic practices and culture in a research and development organization.

Using systems engineering processes to apply innovation to operations, the authors:

  • Describe general initiatives that have been, and could be, considered to address the principles of innovation in the context of an innovation framework
  • Outline some indicators of effectiveness that can be used to implement a systemic organization-wide program
  • Explain the linear and non-linear processes of design thinking (includes key methods and tools, and provides illustrative case studies)
  • Offer an understanding of how to integrate problem-solving and underlying methods and tools into your organization

Infusing Innovation into Organizations: A Systems Engineering Approach introduces a systemic approach that supports an innovative culture and describes novel approaches to addressing problems using creative, viable solutions. This book serves undergraduate and graduate-level professors and students in systems engineering as well as managers and consultants working in systems analysis and design.

Table of Contents


Systemic Approach to Enhancing Innovation for an R&D Organization
M. Ann Garrison Darrin and Jerry A. Krill

Foundational Principles of Innovation Applicable to Systemic R&D Activities and Organizations

Jerry A. Krill

Systemic Framework for Enabling the Innovative Organization

Jerry A. Krill

Developing and Implementing a Framework for Innovation

Jerry A. Krill

Innovation Metrics and Indicators as Inputs to Strategy

Jerry A. Krill


Global Awareness—Breathing Fresh External Ideas into Innovation

Jerry A. Krill and M. Ann Garrison Darrin

Developing the Human Experience

Paula Palmer

Knowledge Enrichment and Sharing

Kristopher Bell


All Challenges—and Innovations—Great and Small

Elinor Fong

Resourcing—Integral to Systemic Innovation

Ann Kedia

The Organizational Landscape for Innovation

M. Ann Garrison Darrin


Design Thinking

Thomas Heffner and Dennis O. Smith

Design Exploration—The Art of Prototyping and Mockups to Inspire Ideas

Robert A. Berardino

Not Your Public Library’s Makerspace: The Nuts and Bolts of a Physical Place

Elizabeth Congdon

Engineering Innovation: Electronics Lab/Makerspace

Scott Almes

The Role of Virtual Reality—Alternate Prototyping Methods

Scott Simpkins

Innovation Examples—Different Approaches, Common Principles

Erik Johnson

Bringing in Agile—Building the Fast Track

Philip M. Huang


Transitioning Innovations

Norma Lee Todd

Leading Innovation into the Future

Larry Paxton and Shannon Rodriguez

Sustaining Innovation

Larry Paxton

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Ms. M. Ann Garrison Darrin has extensive background in technology and engineering management in government (National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Department of Defense), academia, and industry. She is the managing executive for the Space Exploration Sector of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and is the recipient of several awards. She holds numerous patents, and has authored over sixty papers. She is also the editor/author of Systems Engineering for Micro and Nano Scale Technologies, Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology, and Heritage, and MEMS and Microsystems for Aerospace Applications, all published by CRC Press.

Dr. Jerry A. Krill is the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s assistant director for science and technology and chief technology officer. He holds 21 patents and has written over 100 papers. He received the American Society of Naval Engineers "Jimmie" Hamilton Award, was named a Maryland Daily Record Innovator of the Year, and was inducted into The Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Krill received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, Lansing, and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.