Literature hit list
Books that I recommend.

This list have inspired my thinking on corporate entrepreneurship and employee-driven innovation.

  1. “The Lean Startup”, Eric Ries. A classic book known for its globally-used methodology. Very refreshing and inspiring in a corporate context.
  2. “Grow from Within”, Wolcott and Lippitz. Building a structure for understanding intrapreneurship.
  3. “Business Model Generation”, Osterwalder. Excellent approach to form a business. Forget the static 10-pager business plan. Instead, model your business around a value proposition. The lean canvas version ( is recommendable for a simplified approach.
  4. “The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation”, edited by Schuman. This is THE facilitation handbook – written by 50 experts.
  5. “The Startup Owner’s Manual”, Blank and Dorf. Blank wrote the highly praised (but difficult to read): “The Four Steps to the Epiphany”. His message gets across much better in this book. Just consider the “Customer Development Manifesto”, rule no. 1: “There are no facts inside your building. So get outside”.
  6. “Grabbing Lightning”, O’Connor and others. Introduced the learning plan methodology. Their DNA model heavily inspired our incubator process.
  7. “Strategic Management and Organisational Dynamics”, Stacey. Explain how complexity affects us, and how difficult it is to plan and deal with changes.
  8. “Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want”, Carlson & Wilmot. These guys from Stanford introduced the NABC pitch and watering hole concept. Highly practical.
  9. “The Wide Lens”, Ron Adner. Introduces a very simple and concrete way to work with ecosystems.