Essay 23: “Flatland: The non‐linear nature of breakthrough innovation”

Breakthrough innovators are welldescribed as mathematically chaotic individuals.

We now turn our attention to the heart of the matter at hand, the “know how” of breakthrough innovation.  By exploring the essential characteristics of breakthrough innovation, as well as the informal, yet powerful language we use to describe it, we begin to recognize that the nature breakthrough innovation is non-linear at its core.  In subsequent essays, we will bring this insight together with others to illustrate a host of ways in which breakthrough innovation plays out in real situations.

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