"The Innovation Delusion" with Lee Vinsel & Andy Russell (GWTW451)

“What is good and worth preserving?” This question has driven today’s guests on Getting Work To Work at multiple levels. Lee Vinsel is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech. Andy Russell is a Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Together they are co-directors of The Maintainers and co-authors of The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsession with the New Has Disrupted the Work That Matters Most. In this conversation, Lee and Andy share about being historians of standards and their love for the ordinary. They also talk about how their fascination with standards led them to the topic of maintenance and the difference between true innovation versus innovation-speak. Along the way, they share insights that we can all learn and apply to our lives, organizations, and society at large. They even share how they learned to work together and write as a team.

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