New book maps out organizational blueprint to help lead companies to optimal innovation performance

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Babson College Professor and Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division, Andrew Corbett, has co-authored a new book—Beyond the Champion: Institutionalizing Innovation Through People.

According to authors Corbett, O’Connor, and Peters, large, mature companies often struggle when it comes to the uncertain process of breakthrough innovation.

They argue that innovation is a talent all its own that requires distinct skills and expertise, just like finance or marketing. Breakthroughs require an organizational design with clearly delineated roles, responsibilities, and career tracks for those who shoulder the responsibility for new products.

Drawing on the results of a four-year study and two decades of related research, Beyond the Champion outlines three fundamental competencies necessary for innovation: discovery, incubation, and acceleration. The authors ultimately deliver a blueprint for sustainable innovation by mapping these skills onto roles and opportunities for advancement.

Beyond the Champion is available via Stanford University Press, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and

Andrew Corbett

Andrew Corbett is the Paul T. Babson Chair of Entrepreneurship and serves as Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division.

A recent research study named Corbett one of the Top 25 Entrepreneurship Researcher in the World. This independent research article in the Journal of Business Management noted that his work was among the most cited and impactful since the turn of the century. Corbett’s primary areas of emphasis are corporate entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and cognition, and entrepreneurship education.

In addition to his roles as professor and chair, Corbett mentors Babson entrepreneurs in the College’s Butler Launchpad, is a visiting professor of entrepreneurship at Nord University Business School in Bodø, Norway, and serves as editor for the Journal of Business Venturing, and co-editor of the Advances in EntrepreneurshipFirm Emergence, and Growth book series.  His extensive, practical experience also finds him consulting and teaching to corporate clients across the globe. 

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-rankedcollege for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Brianna Radicioni,, (781) 239-4548 | 01/09/2018 04:00