The Uncertainty Mindset: Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food (Hardback)Vaughn Tan (author)
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Vaughn Tan opens up the black box of elite culinary R&D to provide essential insights. Drawing on years of unprecedented access to the best and most influential culinary R&D teams in the world, he reveals how they exemplify what he calls the uncertainty mindset. Such a mindset intentionally incorporates uncertainty into organization design rather than simply trying to reduce risk. It changes how organizations hire, set goals, and motivate team members and leads organizations to work in highly unconventional ways. A revelatory look at the R&D kitchen, The Uncertainty Mindset upends conventional wisdom about how to organize for innovation and offers practical insights for businesses trying to become innovative and adaptable.
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Vaughn Tan spent long periods observing some of the world's most famous chefs at work in their prize-winning restaurants and tells his readers what they do and how they do it. A real contribution to our understanding of how experts combine artistic creation and business success. -- Howard S. Becker, author of Art Worlds
The Uncertainty Mindset takes a close look at the secret inner workings of some of the most innovative food R&D teams worldwide. It shows organizations in other industries how to redesign themselves to become more resilient, innovative, and adaptable-by simply changing how they think about the future. -- Amy C. Edmondson, author of The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth
This is one of the best books to appear in the last several decades about how to design organizations for continual innovation in high-pressure environments. It offers explanations for why some companies work and others don't, and made me embrace a new, more subtle way of thinking about hiring, managing, and trusting innovators in leading-edge technology companies. -- Jerry Neumann, founder of Neu Venture Capital
Chefs are responsible for some of today's most novel innovations. Vaughn Tan goes behind the scenes to show how R&D is organized inside the world's most famous kitchens, uncovering surprising lessons that have wide application. This is a provocative contribution to studies of culture and R&D. -- Woody Powell, Stanford University
If you're an R&D executive or practitioner, The Uncertainty Mindset is a worthy if occasionally repetitive (in the time-honored academic style) read that should spark ideas for improvement. And if, in this pandemic year, you are missing high-end cuisine, you will surely find it an appetizing read as well. * Strategy + Business *
In this closely researched book, the emphasis is on culinary innovation. * Times Literary Supplement *
A fascinating account of how top chefs and their teams approach innovation. * Welcome to the Jungle *
Vaughn's book is the most insightful treatment I've read of industrial R&D organizational practices-and now I'm hungry for more. -- Andy Matuschak
Insightful. * LSE Review of Books *
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