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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; Reprint edition (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062060244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062060242
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""The Innovator's Dilemma" is becoming a handbook for CEOs remaking their businesses for the Net."- BusinessWeek"In a sea of mostly worthless business books, this is an upside surprise - sharply written and rigorous enough to be predictive..."The Innovator's Dilemma" could be the wake-up call you need."- Rich Karlgaard, "Forbes"""The Innovator's Dilemma" captures the critical role of leadership in creating markets."- John Seely Brown, chief scientist, Xerox Corp., and director, Xerox Parc"Succinct and clearly written, "The Innovator's Dilemma" is an important book that belongs on every manager's bookshelf. Highly recommended."- Harry C. Edwards, "Amazon.com""This book ought to chill any executive who feels bulletproof - and inspire entrepreneurs aiming their guns."- "Forbes""This is a compelling argument, thoroughly researched and superbly written, which challenges conventional theory."- Jon Hughes, "Supply Management""I cannot recommend this book strongly enough - ignore it at your peril."- Martin Fakley, "Information Access""[A] masterpiece...The most profound and useful business book ever written about innovation."- George Gilder, "Gilder Technology Report""Absolutely brilliant. Clayton Christensen provides an insightful analysis of changing technology and its importance to a company's future success."- Michael R. Bloomberg, CEO & Founder, "Bloomberg Financial Markets""This book addresses a tough problem that most successful companies will face eventually. It's lucid, analytical - and scary."- Dr. Andrew S. Grove, chairman & CEO, Intel Corporation"Clayton Christensen's groundbreaking book...brings fresh insight and understanding to the complex and critically important relationshipsbetween technological change and business success...His conclusions provide food for thought for the top management of every company."- Richard N. Foster, Director, "McKinsey & Company""The Best Business Book of 1997."- The "Financial Times"/Booz Allen & Hamilton Global Business Book Awards""The Innovator's Dilemma has become the book to read among mainstream managers trying to dope out an Internet strategy."-- "New York Times

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In this revolutionary bestseller, innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen says outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership—or worse, disappear altogether. And not only does he prove what he says, but he tells others how to avoid a similar fate.

Focusing on “disruptive technology,” Christensen shows why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. Whether in electronics or retailing, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know when to abandon traditional business practices. Using the lessons of successes and failures from leading companies, The Innovator’s Dilemma presents a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.

Find out:

  • When it is right not to listen to customers.
  • When to invest in developing lower-performance products that promise lower margins.
  • When to pursue small markets at the expense of seemingly larger and more lucrative ones.

Sharp, cogent, and provocative, The Innovator’s Dilemma is one of the most talked-about books of our time—and one no savvy manager or entrepreneur should be without.

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I was prepared for a lot of blah blah, not for this book and it's content.

If you have to read one book about preparing yourself or your company to disruptive technology or more over understanding how new technologies, as immature it could be, might become disruptive in the next few years or decades, this is it.

I see why apple is so successful with some of their products: why they prepared iPad on the early 2000s, for example, and they launched at a precise point of the time (on an emerging market), when it could do something useful with WiFi, 3G, and an ARM chip powerful enough for the web, and what was probably the vision that makes them do it, the iPad Pro, a laptop replacement for the consumer market. More than 10 years ago.

Sometimes, just to be able to understand needs, to be able to draw a curve, could project you on the next decade, and make you successful like no other!
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This book points at one of the most important organizational issues of this rapidly changing times. That is, in a word, you need to be willing to employ creative destruction in your own company. Few are up to this challenge. This book might tip you over the edge into action.
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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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Clay Christensen combines the science of empirical research with the art of organizational behavior in his best-selling "The Innovator's Dilemma." The book provides tangible advice on how to foster innovation within a corporate environment. His case studies draw from the successes and failures of American companies within numerous industries (disk drives, excavators, motorcycles, software). Christensen's strong points include a creative presentation of data, lucid writing and frank admission that the advice in his book is not a one-size-fits-all panacea for management challenges. But a heads-up to readers: perhaps 50% of the book centers on the disk-drive manufacturing industry. Although the lessons learned in hard drives are interesting, a more balanced approach would have been welcome. "The Innovators Dilemma" is a well written management how-to, in the same league as classics by Peters or Hammer. The book seems to be written for managers in large organizations, but entrepreneurs will probably find the material just as beneficial.
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The Innovator's Dilemma provides solid and detailed examples of industries that have gone through radical and disruptive change, with learnings for each that provide leaders insights into what to look for within your own background. Yes disruptive technology can be a game changer but the book discusses that perhaps it is not the disruption itself but how leadership anticipates and responds.

I would have given this a five star, but I do find some of the case studies provide to much detail about the industry that I find is not necessary to get the point across, yet I understand the need for the detail as you need to understand the context, stage and how the industry got there.
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Today, traditional, well-known and well-respected companies are faced with a marketplace that is suffering from the impact of geopolitical issues of war and terrorism, regional and worldwide economic difficulties, and the extended global reach of formerly regional players. If that were not enough to keep a manager up at night, many are also facing disruptions from rapidly changing technologies. In his book entitled, The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen tackles the concept of disruptive technologies - what they are, how they are nurtured, and how they have the potential to turn previously successful companies into the roadkill of capitalism. This book is well written and insightful, bringing the concepts to life with a variety of real-life examples. I highly recommend this book for business executives, both those who are living the experience today and those who think they are immune. For me, it is on to the just published sequel, The Innovator's Solution.
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