Now in paperback, the inside story of "the greatesttransformation of Microsoft since it became a multinationalcompany"
Marshall Phelps′s remarkable eyewitness story offers lessons forany executive struggling with today′s innovation and intellectualproperty challenges. Burning the Ships offers Phelps′sdramatic behind–the–scenes account of how he overcame internalresistance and got Microsoft to open up channels of collaborationwith other firms.
- Discover the never–before–told details of Microsoft′s secrettwo–year negotiations with Red Hat and Novell that led to theworld′s first intellectual property peace treaty and technicalcollaboration with the open source community
- Witness the sometimes–nervous support Bill Gates and CEO SteveBallmer gave to Phelps in turning their company around 180 degreesfrom market bully to collaborative industry partner
- Offers an extraordinary behind–the–scenes view of thehigh–level deliberations of the company′s senior–most executives,the internal debates and conflicts among executives andrank–and–file employees alike over the company′s new collaborativedirection
There are lessons in this book for executives in everyindustry–most especially on the role that intellectual property canplay in liberating previously untapped value in a company andopening up powerful new business opportunities in today′s era of"open innovation." Here is a powerful inside account of the dawn ofa new era at what is arguably the most powerful technology companyon earth.
"Phelps (corporate vice president for intellectual property policy & strategy, Microsoft) and journalist Kline (Rembrandts in the Attic) have written a brisk and engaging book about Microsoft's radical overhauling of its intellectual property (IP) strategy. Phelps, the principal architect of this new strategy, gives the reader an insider's perspective on his struggle to overcome Microsoft's traditional use of its intellectual property as a "weapon" against competitors and to transform the company into a key player in the new business environment of "open innovation….the book is worth reading for its portrait of a major corporation undergoing massive change and for its lucid explanations of IP business strategy. Recommended for serious business readers." (Library Journal
, July 15, 2009)
"Could Microsoft’s ability to produce intellectual property be the company’s future salvation? A few weeks ago, I complained that Microsoft wasn’t innovating. Yet the book Burning the Ships talks of Microsoft’s burgeoning intellectual property treasure chest. Burning the Ships shows the way to another outlet for Microsoft’s innovation. Instead of trying to hold their intellectual property close to the vest, Microsoft is beginning to open up the IP treasure chest and let others try to do the work of bringing those products to market." (InformationWeek, June 1, 2009)