The Innovator's Dilemma

The Innovator's Dilemma

The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

Book - 2011 | 1st Harper Business pbk.
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"Absolutely brilliant. Clayton Christensen provides an insightful analysis of changing technology and its importance to a company's future success."
--Michael R. Bloomberg

"This book ought to chill any executive who feels bulletproof --and inspire entrepreneurs aiming their guns."
--Forbes

The Innovator's Dilemma is the revolutionary business book that has forever changed corporate America. Based on a truly radical idea--that great companies can fail precisely because they do everything right--this Wall Street Journal, Business Week and New York Times Business bestseller is one of the most provocative and important business books ever written. Entrepreneurs, managers, and CEOs ignore its wisdom and its warnings at their great peril.

Publisher: New York : Harper Business, c2011.
Edition: 1st Harper Business pbk.
ISBN: 9780062060242
0062060244
Branch Call Number: 658.4 CHRIS
Characteristics: xxxvii, 286 p. : ill., charts ; 21 cm.

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JCS3F Dec 25, 2012

A beautiful book for the simplicity of its central thesis, that organizations can fail to anticipate disruptive innovation precisely because they are structurally incapable of being first movers (or even early movers). Every aspect of a company is geared toward its existing markets, from the margins it find acceptable, to its distribution channels, to the application of new technology. A company instinctively queries its existing customers about their goals and values. If something (new technology, a new process) falls outside of customer responses, you can bet it will consistently receive short shrift from the company. That's where disruptive innovation comes in. Disruptive technology is defined by its i) simplicity, ii) lower cost and iii) lack of immediate applicability for the main market in question. Over time, as the technology develops and its rate of improvement in the relevant metric(s) exceeds the rate required by customers in the larger market, the applicability of the disruptive technology rises, eventually costing entrenched companies market share and even their very existence.

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