The Imitator's Edge

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A recent article in the Wall Street Journal counted more than 250 books whose titles contain the word “innovation” that were published in just the preceding three months. This staggering number should come as no surprise, given the constant bombardment touting the virtues of innovation and offering recipes for it. The litany comes not only from the media but also from academic and corporate ranks, not to mention our politicians, who promise to “innovate our way” out of the current economic doldrums.

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