Samsung's Way of Innovation
The July 3, 2006 issue of Business Week has a story on how innovation happens at Samsung. Samsung created a Value Innovation Program and have identified key brainstorming practices.
Innovation Happens In Unexpected Areas
One of the many interesting stories from They Made America: Two Centuries of Innovators from the Steam Engine to the Search Engine, by Sir Harold Evans is the story of Samuel Insull. His innovation was in pricing. He worked on understanding how his customers would use electricity, and then devised a pricing method to meet the estimated need.
If you don't yet know who Phil McKinney is, then you need to look him up. More importantly, you need to listen to his podcast, Killer Innovations. Phil's insight into the innovation process provides you with knowledge you can use in your daily work.