The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

Clayton M. Christensen

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The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

The Innovator s Dilemma The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business 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 execut

  • Title: The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
  • Author: Clayton M. Christensen
  • ISBN: 9780062060242
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ForbesThe Innovator s Dilemma is the revolutionary business book that has forever changed corpora 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 ForbesThe 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.

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    1. Mal Warwick on said:

      Chances are, you’re reading this review on an example of disruptive technology. An iPhone or other smartphone. An iPad or a notebook computer. Or simply a laptop. Every one of these devices turned its industry upside down when it was introduced, driving established companies to the brink of insolvency, or even into oblivion, and paving the way for new actors to enter the landscape.Today, almost instinctively, we understand the concept of disruptive technology. But it wasn’t until after the p [...]

    2. Rod Dunsmore on said:

      This is a great book on innovation and how start-up and entrepreneurs ought to fashion their company to go against entrenched incumbents.The gist of the book is an interesting trend the author found when analyzing the industry. He found that certain innovations were "disruptive" -- meaning they changed the way a market worked, and some were "sustaining" -- meaning they were really just improvements on existing products.The author traces disruptive innovations through the steel industry, where it [...]

    3. Nico Macdonald on said:

      This is one of the best books on innovation in the last 20 years. I read it in 2000 and still refer to it. Christensen's core insight/argument is that businesses fight shy of developing innovations that will 1: produce limit profits initially; 2: cannibalise core, high cashflow/profit lines. But that what look like niche technologies - Winchester drives, hydraulic backhoes, etc - improve in capability, reliability and reduce in price to the point that they entirely cannibalise the existing marke [...]

    4. Calsee on said:

      This book was on my list of "Books I should read" for a long time. Maybe this is why it was so disappointing, or maybe I've just read too many modern case studies of business models to find this engaging. It was interesting to read about the origins of many terms that I take for granted (i.e. disruptive technology), but I couldn't really relate any of the examples or theory beyond anything that's already been mentioned by other more recent authors. And its hard for a 20-something to relate to th [...]

    5. Martti on said:

      Clayton M. Christensen writes clearly and analytically, with lot's of examples and research, pleasure to read. Thoughts so logical you wonder how the managers/CXO's he talks about didn't figure this out by themselves already yesterday. A thought provoking read no doubt, even for those not in executive positions.It's not a 100%, but gets some future predictions right - fun to discover them 18 years later. And it's also interesting to use the frameworks described to think about new technologies th [...]

    6. Nelson Zagalo on said:

      A good book, but a bit disappointing because totally centred upon business managing. I would like to see the discussion occurring at a lower level, the creative moment, before management decisions. Leave here the five principles stated by Clayton in the book. I generally agree with all of them, being the fifth one the most subjective."Principle #1: Companies Depend on Customers and Investors for ResourcesPrinciple #2: Small Markets Don’t Solve the Growth Needs of Large CompaniesPrinciple #3: M [...]

    7. Glen on said:

      Notes from Clayton Christenson, The Innovator’s DilemmaIt pays to be a leader in a disruptive innovation• Leadership in sustaining innovations gives little advantage• Leadership in disruptive innovation creates enormous valueBut established companies typically fail in the face of disruptive change• Companies get organized to satisfy current customer’s needs and to facilitate design and production of current products. This organization can then prevent the organization most conducive to [...]

    8. Jeff Yoak on said:

      This is one of those books that becomes an instant classic. Everyone talks about it until you think you know most of what it has to say without reading it shortly after it comes out. You can barely carry on a conversation about technology without someone using the term "disruptive." It deserves that reception and as with most cases, there is much more to gain by reading the book than just the popular representation.The book defined disruptive technologies vs. sustaining technologies and addresse [...]

    9. Athan Tolis on said:

      The subject of this classic is disruptive technology.With the help of many examples from industry (disk-drives being his main workhorse) the author explains what technologies are likely to disrupt, who is likely to be disrupted, why they are likely to be disrupted and what the choices are that the established players have when presented with disruption. The most important point is that disruption generally comes from the practice of repackaging and marketing already existing, straightforward tec [...]

    10. The Thousander Club on said:

      I've written before I'm not a big fan of many business books because many authors "intentionally or unintentionally, [attempt] to make [their] book some kind of new scriptural canon, demanding of our attention year after year." The Innovator's Dilemma is a different book altogether; it's MBA territory and not meant for readers who enjoy a quick but mostly superficial exploration at self-help techniques. Clayton Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma is a challenging and enlightening book, which p [...]

    11. Oksana Hoshva on said:

      It’s been over a year since I got really passionate about learning more about the disruptive innovation after dealing with it on daily basis as a consumer or just simply as a human being. I bought a book ages ago and it was waiting in a line for quite a while. I prefer articles to books I must admit, but felt like I really need to read the book said to be the mandatory theoretical background for entrepreneurs in all domains. It was a hard and a dry read for me I must confess. First, due to aca [...]

    12. Chris Johnson on said:

      So, the information, the ideas would make this a five star book. It's a way of thinking that helps ward off obsolescence, a way of thinking that gets people to understand where future disruption may come from. The whole idea: that good management (like, truely good) eventually leads to poor decisions is fascinating.The example: If current customers demand "faster horsers" companies rightly put their energy into faster horses. What the customer says and wants isn't necessarily what's good for the [...]

    13. Bonnie Atkinson on said:

      Well, this is a mixed bag, this interesting little book. The observations are prescient but the presentation is abominable. I'm sure for those who demand an exhaustive regurgitation of every step in an analysis, it is useful, but I felt that most of the book could have been the research appendices. On the other hand, the conclusions drawn were incisive and incredibly useful. It would have worked well if it had been presented as a research paper with a 10-page abstract. As a practitioner, I could [...]

    14. Jeric on said:

      I don't read many books, but for some reason this one was a bit of a let down especially after all the fascinating reviews. For me it read like a textbook written by an engineer. With so much business/industry vernacular as interesting and ground breaking the content may be, it was boring and a struggle to read. I'll try again another time, maybe when I'm in a more analytical mood.

    15. Max on said:

      The ideas are astounding - a must read, however, the book is quite dense. There is a ton of research behind everything, but the presentation can be a bit redundant/overwhelming. Definitely worth the read - but don't be afraid to skim sections once you've gotten the point.

    16. Onkar on said:

      If you are sick of hearing cliches like - "The customer is always right", this book is for you. The author Clayton Christensen who is very well known for his research, takes examples of industries like disk drive, excavation and such to demonstrate how successful and innovative companies fail precisely because they listen to their customers. The author proves that getting customer feedback, tracking competition, allocating resources carefully, using tried-and-tested processes, all hallmarks of g [...]

    17. Yevgeniy Brikman on said:

      A pretty convincing argument for why large, established companies struggle to keep up with disruptive innovations. It turns out that the very things that make those companies dominant in an existing market work against them when considering new markets. As the pace of disruption accelerates, the lessons in this book become more and more important. Less convincing are the solutions the book proposes and, at an even more basic level, how to distinguish between what the book calls "sustaining innov [...]

    18. Joel on said:

      Clayton Christensen is to the study of innovation what Thomas S. Kuhn is to science. Kuhn's "normal science" is analogous to Christensen's "sustaining innovation", and "scientific revolutions" is like "disruptive innovations". Kuhn sees progress in science not as the discovery of new phenomena, but as fitting existing "anomalies" into a new "paradigm". Christensen too sees disruptive innovation as finding new markets for existing technologies. I'm sure the analogy can be taken further, but in sh [...]

    19. Shubham Bansal on said:

      A must read theory for anyone who is into Problem Identification. Basically everyone :) I started this book 3 years back, read 25-30 pages and gave up as I did not found it interesting. I started it again last month, but now I already read 2 other books by the same author, just to realize that the language in this book was too tough for me to understand 3 years ago mainly because of my level of understanding. As I have mentioned in the reviews of other books by Clayton Christensen, the theory in [...]

    20. Sashko Valyus on said:

      Чому купують стартапи? Куди потім вони діваються? Навіщо витрачати такі гроші, замість того що робити це самому? Чому Google Docs відбирають все більше аудиторії Microsoft Word?І в решті решт чому компанії не можуть вчасно ослідлати інновації, і їх обігрують новачки за декілька років?Д [...]

    21. Caroline on said:

      Pretty boring. Basically 250 pages of somewhat-repetitive research. This is a summary I wrote for class.Although disruptive technologies are "typically simpler, cheaper, and more reliable and convenient than established technologies," the greatest firms often adopt them in ways and at times that cause them to lose millions or billions of dollars in revenue. This seems ironic, because successful large firms have the resources to develop, and even develop markets for, new tech. Too frequently, how [...]

    22. Jill on said:

      This is one of those books that so many people mention/name drop that I just had to read it to see what it was all about. (Next on the list: Game of Thrones). It was well worth the read.In the Innovator's Dilemma, Christensen argues that in some cases the reason why good, solid companies fail to stay ahead of the competition is not because they are incompetent, but because their structures/ processes/ incentives are all geared towards managing "sustaining technological change", as opposed to "di [...]

    23. Danuta Janiszewski on said:

      God, business books can be so dense and boring. While I do believe Clayton Christensen is right on the money with his hypothesis, framework and careful (OH SO CAREFUL) curation of case studies in disruptive/innovative tech and business, I really wish he and his editor worked together to make this a bit more easily digestible. My favorite break down was towards the end with exemplifying electric cars versus gas cars and drawbacks. Because the metaphor and case studies were more current and recent [...]

    24. Nicholas on said:

      When you have an established product, listening to your customers cannot keep someone from disrupting your market. The technology will rise form smaller previously unserved markets and then expand into yours. And then the same thing will happen to them. The way to solve this is to build enterprise startups that sell to anyone they can. Anyone who wants the product regardless of market size.When technology improves faster than market demand for quality eventually a new technology will rise from b [...]

    25. Chris on said:

      Incredible analysis of how disruptive technology works. Fundamental insight that companies that get disrupted generally get disrupted BECAUSE of good management is a key understanding for just about any corporate worker. This happens because good management teaches you to listen to your customers, make higher-cost / higher-margin products, and invest capital behind plans with relatively confident financial projections. However, disruptive technology that upends industries typically starts cheape [...]

    26. Leticia on said:

      Although I wonder whether my copy was complete - it seemed quite short - this is a powerful and important work for anyone in business.Christensen, in this version of The Innovator's Dilemma demonstrates why great firms fail when new technologies come along. The spoiler is that it's because great firms (those with great teams, excellent management, etc) are not actually driven by the company. They're driven by customer demand. Customers (and stakeholders) are those who cause things to happen insi [...]

    27. Ben Haley on said:

      Good argument, highly redundant.The central argument is that companies miss important new markets because they are structured to serve the needs of their most profitable customers where new 'disruptive' technologies often emerge from smaller markets who's customers needs are quite different. Eventually the smaller market catches up to the demands of the profitable customers and by that time has developed an insurmountable lead in the utility that its original customers demanded.The prime example [...]

    28. Ilia on said:

      Biggest question is - how do you figure out something is a "disruptive" technology, not just a fringe/inefficient one. Only somewhat answered by the book - a lot of gut feel goes into that one I guess.In a way, a tech is disruptive if after building a startup or division around it, you can find a segment of the market that's growing at a fast enough rate to fuel more innovation in this technology, until the new market starts to get big enough to rival the original market. Or if your competitors [...]

    29. Ankur Gupta on said:

      I had expected the book to be about the challenges for an innovator entering a new market. But to my utter surprise, it was about the dilemma face by established innovative companies in the market.The key takeaway is the difference between a radical and a disruptive innovation. Most people confuse the two. Moreover, it also demonstrates that the leading cause of failure of established firms to disruptive innovations is not poor management. These firms had excellent managers, sound financial poli [...]

    30. Honza on said:

      In my opinion mandatory theoretical background for entrepreneurs in all domains. Professor Christensen proposes a catchy theory (backed by solid evidence) that innovation in existing companies is not enough when pursued only to get greater sells/better margins. He says that there is a second type of innovation that, if left unnoticed by big companies, can lead them to failure. This second type of innovation also creates market place for smaller companies for which smaller profits are good enough [...]

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