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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Business; Reprint edition (Sept. 27 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062060244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062060242
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Porter's 5 forces, Blue Ocean strategy, and now the disruptive technologies from Clayton really reinforce my understanding of the technology strategy world. Highly recommended!!!
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My son in law who is into innovations and inventions had heard great review of this book and requested them for his birthday......
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By Babak Morshedizadeh on April 3 2014
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This was one eye opening read for me. Excellent step by step walk through of the process. I loved it and recommend it to all my friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry Cate III on Jan. 20 2004
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Clayton Christensen breaks technology developments into two groups. "Sustaining" technology improvements are those which seem to be in line with the needs of the current customers. The "Disruptive" technology developments are those which don't immediately seem to meet the established customer's demands. The basic problem is that often the large companies get blindsided by disruptive technology, and they either don't react, or react too late. Normally someone will figure out a slightly new market for the disruptive technology, improve the basic process, drive down the costs, and then go after the more established markets.
Clayton shows how this model applies to a number of different industries over the last hundred years. He has a lot of hard data from the Disk Drive industry, but he mentions a number of other industries which underwent fundamental changes, and shows how the old companies were not able to adapt to the changes.
"The Innovator's Dilemma" and "Crossing the Chasm" go well together. They are addressing many of the same issues from different perspectives. Clayton Christensen is looking at changes in the market place from the point of view of the large established companies, while Geoffrey A. Moore is coming from the other direction, that of a small startup company with some new cool technology. Clayton is more concerned with technology, while Geoffrey is focused on more on marketing issues.
This is a very well written book, good for anyone in business. It reads well, and I found it very thought provoking. There are a lot of good ideas here.
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Not quite as easy to read as I would have liked. Christensen describes some very interesting & plausible theories, but is somewhat confined into employing the computer disk industry as the rapidly changing example which both demonstrates & proves his theories, and its not necessarily the most exciting case material. Other products only get a minor look-in.
What I did like is how he covers the footnotes at the end of each Chapter - so if they don't interest you, you can skip over them, but if they do interest you, then you don't have to struggle to the back of the book. I wish more authors & publishers would use that technique.
One quibble - given his Economics background - of course there are plenty of graphs, and 99% of them are straight lines - there are no time dependent variances in his world.
Read this before you read the Innovators Solution.
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