In The Innovator's Dilemma
, author Clayton M Christensen shows what the Honda Supercub, Intel's 8088 processor, and hydraulic excavators have in common. They are all examples of disruptive technologies that helped to redefine the competitive landscape of their respective markets. These products did not come about as the result of successful companies carrying out sound business practices in established markets. Christensen shows how these and other products cut into the low end of the marketplace and eventually evolved to displace high-end competitors and their reigning technologies.
At the heart of The Innovator's Dilemma is how a successful company with established products keeps from being pushed aside by newer, cheaper products that will, over time, get better and become a serious threat. Christensen writes that even the best-managed companies, in spite of their attention to customers and continual investment in new technology, are susceptible to failure no matter what the industry, be it hard drives or consumer retailing. Succinct and clearly written, The Innovator's Dilemma is an important book that belongs on every manager's bookshelf. --Harry C Edwards
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A Wall Street Journal and Businessweek bestseller. Named by Fast Company as one of the most influential leadership books in its Leadership Hall of Fame. "His book, one of the most significant business books of the past 50 years, became a mammoth bestseller, and its title entered the language." -- Fortune magazine Praise for The Innovator's Dilemma and Clayton M. Christensen: Forbes "[Clayton Christensen is] one of the most influential business theorists of the last fifty years." The Financial Times "The Innovator's Dilemma achieves a rare feat: It is at once a satisfying intellectual solution to a long-standing business puzzle and a practical guide for executives and investors." Wired "... Required reading in Silicon Valley, where it has been championed by the likes of Steve Jobs, George Gilder, and Andy Grove." The Huffington Post "A seminal book." Bloomberg Businessweek "A holy book for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley ..." Fortune "The notion of 'disruptive technology' is one of the timeliest ideas of the Internet age. Coined by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, it's at the heart of his influential book The Innovator's Dilemma."
About the Author
Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is the author of eight critically acclaimed books, including the bestsellers How Will You Measure Your Life?, The Innovator's Solution, and Disrupting Class. Christensen is the cofounder of Innosight, a management consultancy; Rose Park Advisors, an investment firm; and the Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank.