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The Organization of Innovation Systems at the Face-to-Face Level: The Modern Great Groups

Part of the third class in the series of IAP classes titled "Fundamentals of Science and Technology Public Policy-Making - Sci/Tech Policy Boot Camp."  The lecturer is William B. Bonvillian, Director at the MIT Washington Office.  This class will be more informal and more student-led.  We will note that although innovation systems function at the institutional level in the public and private sectors, as discussed in Class Two, they also must function at the personal, face-to-face level.  The class will first look at the psychology of the invention process itself, then review a series of breakthrough innovations and look at the R&D teams that assembled them, discussing the organizational rule sets that appear to be common to these great innovation groups.  The focus groups include Edison's "Invention Factory", Oppenheimer and Los Alamos, Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley at Bell Labs, Boyer and Swanson at Genetech, Venter and the genome project, and Robert Taylor and Xerox Parc.  The session will close with a review of lessons from a "great group" at DEC, where the founding innovation culture failed as the firm transitioned to a major corporation. 

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