The following list of books is what we read and can recommend. Each of them has a different focus and intentions:
This book is a must-read for everyone interested in obtaining an overview and practical guide to idea creation methodologies. The language is very precise and makes this book easy to read. The author shows with this book a lot of competency. Helmut Schlicksupp ceased away beginning of 2010, way too young. He seems to me one of the major contributors to this subject and being recognized also internationally as I could read about him in books published in the US e.g.
This book is in German too. It is a good, brief summary of many other books that I have read but does a good job with it. It shows a six phase innovation management process in a simple and straight forward way. Its focus is on phase 3 “Grobkonzept” which has 60 pages alone of the 150 page total. Idea creation (phase 2) and market entry (phase 6) are quite short which is a bit surprising since these are the most challenging phases in my practical experience as a product and business development manager. You can also see that the book was written by innovation management consultants who give many tips on how to run innovation management workshops using these methodologies in companies.
Very nicely illustrated book that contains all the major techniques one would need in practical assignments and many more. The book is a US style textbook and as such a pleasure to read. Something I never understood why students in the US can enjoy so much better quality literature compared to their e.g. German student colleagues at German universities. I was once told that the reason for that is that in the US assistant professors have to also make money with book writing and selling since they are not as well paid as in Europe. That then means that they need to think about how to best present, explain and illustrate to attract many student buyers. I wish we would have had that system when I was a student long time ago…