The Innovator's Dilemma

The Innovator's Dilemma

When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

Book - 2013
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Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors

An innovation classic. From Steve Jobs to Jeff Bezos, Clay Christensen's work continues to underpin today's most innovative leaders and organizations.

The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen.

His work is cited by the world's best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller--one of the most influential business books of all time--innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right--yet still lose market leadership.

Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices.

Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator's Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.

Sharp, cogent, and provocative--and consistently noted as one of the most valuable business ideas of all time-- The Innovator's Dilemma is the book no manager, leader, or entrepreneur should be without.
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts :, Harvard Business Review Press,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781422196021
Branch Call Number: 658. 406 CHR
Characteristics: xxvii, 252 pages


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Feb 06, 2018

I also found the final chapters dealing with how to identify a potentially disruptive innovation to be particularly valuable and thought-provoking.
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Oct 22, 2013

This is a detailed and technical book for MBA types who don't get their hands dirty. Christensen argues that when a technological change in a product changes the character of its customer base, established firms will fail, that only small startups will succeed. When I picked up the book, my thought was "Intel" - maybe I'll get some new insights into how it's stayed on top of the hottest competition in the world to change civilization as much as any technology ever has. Near the end, I get the less-than-one-page answer: Intel's unmatched success is credited to a minor resource allocation policy. Not a single mention of Robert Noyce who single-handedly created the corporate culture at Intel that made it all possible, just a mention of the "engineering team" !! The author makes some cogent points, but you'll have to look elsewhere to find out how things actually happen in the high tech world.

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