The Innovator's Dilemma

The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, generally referred to as The Innovator's Dilemma, first published in 1997, is the most well-known work of the Harvard professor and businessman Clayton Christensen.wikipedia
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Clayton M. Christensen

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The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, generally referred to as The Innovator's Dilemma, first published in 1997, is the most well-known work of the Harvard professor and businessman Clayton Christensen.
He is best known for his theory of "disruptive innovation"—first introduced in his first book, The Innovator's Dilemma—which has been called the most influential business idea of the early 21st century.

Disruptive innovation

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Through this compelling multi-industry study, Christensen introduces his seminal theory of "disruptive innovation" that has changed the way managers and CEOs around the world think about innovation.
He describes the term further in his book The Innovator's Dilemma.

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The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, generally referred to as The Innovator's Dilemma, first published in 1997, is the most well-known work of the Harvard professor and businessman Clayton Christensen.

Sigmoid function

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1) Value to innovation is an S-curve: Improving a product takes time and many iterations. The first of these iterations provide minimal value to the customer but in time the base is created and the value increases exponentially. Once the base is created then each iteration is drastically better than the last. At some point the most valuable improvements are complete and the value per iteration is minimal again. So in the middle is the most value, at the beginning and end the value is minimal.

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Shortly after the release of the book, Christensen "received the Global Business Book Award for The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Economist named it as one of the six most important books about business ever written".

Innovation

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A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network that will eventually disrupt an already existing market and replace an existing product.

Market (economics)

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A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network that will eventually disrupt an already existing market and replace an existing product.

Value network

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A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network that will eventually disrupt an already existing market and replace an existing product.

Jill Lepore

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* Jill Lepore, "What the Theory of 'Disruptive Innovation' Gets Wrong", The New Yorker, June 23, 2014.

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* Jill Lepore, "What the Theory of 'Disruptive Innovation' Gets Wrong", The New Yorker, June 23, 2014.

Cash cow

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In his book The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen argues that listening to existing customers' concerns can prevent a highly successful business from innovating, resulting in smaller competitors eventually producing disruptive innovations.

Innosight

Innosight uses methods based on the concept of disruptive innovation, a theory defined by Christensen in his book The Innovator's Dilemma.

Sanjay Purohit

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In a Hindustan Times interview, Purohit said Steve Jobs inspires him because of Jobs' "ability to use technology to change lives for the better. " His favorite books are The Bhagavad Gita, The Innovator's Dilemma and Future Shock.

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The story of HP Kittyhawk is described in a Harvard Business School business case "Hewlett-Packard: The Flight of the Kittyhawk", and is a case study in the book The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen.

Kevin Systrom

This approach was informed by Systrom's interest in academic business theories, in particular Clayton M. Christensen's concept of The Innovator's Dilemma.

Scott L. McGregor

Among these the most notable influences include Jef Raskin (The Humane Interface), Geoffrey Moore (Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado, and Gorilla Game), Clayton Christensen (The Innovator's Dilemma, The Innovator's Solution and Seeing What's Next), Donald Norman (The Design of Everyday Things, and Things That Make Us Smart), and Alan Cooper (About Face and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum). McGregor authored an online training course based on Crossing the Chasm for Kairos Software in 1997, and was a co-founder of the ASD Silicon Valley chapter with Alan Cooper, and Don Norman.