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Book Review: Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses by Gary Shapiro

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Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses by Gary Shapiro is an excellent work on how to innovate given some of the classic hurdles. The author provides an important risk assessment model which encompasses exploring options, assessing the likelihood of success, seeking quality feedback and weighing consequences.

Shapiro explains the importance of having a culture of honesty, the need for quality mentoring and a perspective which requires one to think outside the box. The book is critical of the status quo indicating that the emphasis in business undertakings tends to be too short term. The author explains the importance of innovating in some industrial settings as opposed to simply dying out.

Ninja innovators empower social change. Historically, technology has been a friend of freedom by breaking down barriers to advancement. Ninjas are encouraged to use the technology to seek partners and alllies who can assist in meeting goals that otherwise might be more difficult to achieve by solo efforts.

Shapiro also discusses institutional barriers to change or innovation. He explains that large institutions tend to raise barriers against things that are not part of their tradition. His presentation explains ways to overcome these hurdles.

Ninja Innovation is an important book which explains the hurdles which innovators must overcome in bringing their ideas and products to consumers. The presentation is easy to read with many practical tips on how to navigate the implementation phase of any innovation.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.