The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business Paperback – Oct 4 2011
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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.
- 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.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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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Good Read. Some where interesting points. But it seems the chapters in book gets repetitive after a while.Published 11 months ago by Abhinav
Very rich book. A must read for any Innovator or entrepreneur .Published 12 months ago by Rami Dahhan
I bought this book for my dad for Christmas, I think he'll like it. He works in business and this book had good ratings online.Published 19 months ago by Alexandra Thompson
This and Everett Rogers' Diffusion of Innovation are two books that should be on everyone's shelves. Read morePublished 23 months ago by SBuckle
A must read for anyone trying figure out their approach to innovation.Published 24 months ago by Andrew Garnham
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