The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsession with the New Has Disrupted the Work That Matters Most


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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Lee Vinsel is a professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech.

Andrew L. Russell is a professor of history and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Together, they are the founders of the Maintainers research network and conferences, and their writing on the topics of this book have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Wired.


"[A] resounding call for sane business growth. The Silicon Valley ethos of 'failing faster' can work for website and app developers, for whom profit margins are high and the costs of failure are low--but it's terrible advice for people building tangible items. . . . Vinsel and Russell profile businesspeople, including Andrea Goulet, CEO of the 'software mending' firm Corgibytes, and Yury Izrailevsky and Ariel Tseitlin, formerly Netflix's directors of, respectively, cloud solutions and systems architecture, whom they celebrate for being concerned with upkeep rather than invention. . . . Readers will come away from Vinsel and Russell's urgent and illuminating primer with a new perspective on the importance of maintenance as well as innovation in business."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"In this caring ode to the ordinary grit of maintenance, Lee Vinsel and Andrew Russell light a brilliant bonfire of the vanities from carefree innovation-speak. We should upkeep their message, and repair our corporations, communities, and consciousness. This book is more than a conversation starter--it's a course correction."--Guru Madhavan, Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and director of programs at the National Academy of Engineering, and author of Applied Minds: How Engineers Think