Innovation in Government The United States Department of Defense—Two Cases

Kellogg School of Management Cases

ISSN: 2474-6568

Publication date: 20 January 2017


The case highlights factors that facilitate rapid, successful implementation of radically innovative or disruptive concepts. Students are introduced to the organizational realities facing such projects, including issues of strategic clarity, interdepartmental competition and cooperation, executive leadership, and timing. Comparing the differences in implementation of the two programs in the case reveals issues relevant to any large organization seeking to bring innovative concepts to fruition.



Lippitz, M. and Wolcott, R. (2017), "Innovation in Government The United States Department of Defense—Two Cases", Kellogg School of Management Cases.

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