The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

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Harvard Business Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 225 pages
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The" Innovator's Dilemma" demonstrates why outstanding companies that had their competitive antennae up, listened astutely to customers, and invested aggressively in new technologies still lost their market dominance. Drawing on patterns of innovation in a variety of industries, the author argues that good business practices can, nevertheless, weaken a great firm. He shows how truly important, breakthrough innovations are often initially rejected by customers that cannot currently use them, leading firms to allow their most important innovations to languish. Many companies now face the innovator's dilemma. Keeping close to customers is critical for current success. But long-term growth and profits depend upon a very different managerial formula. This book will help managers see the changes that may be coming their way and will show them how to respond for success. The Management of Innovation and Change Series. Dual Winner, The Best Business Book of 1997 and The Best Business "How-To" Book of 1997--The Financial Times/Booz-Allen & Hamilton Global Business Book Awards "This book addresses a tough problem that most successful companies will face eventually. It's lucid, analytical-and scary."-- Dr. Andrew S. Grove, Chairman, Intel Corporation "The "Innovator's Dilemma" is absolutely brilliant." Clayton Christensen provides an insightful analysis of changing technology and its importance to a company's future success. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in business or entrepreneurship."--Michael R. Bloomberg, CEO and Founder, Bloomberg Financial Markets "Managers reading Professor Christensen's book may come away with a heightened sense of paranoia. They will benone the worse for that. The idea of the disruptive technology is a simple and powerful one. There may be one lurking near you."-- "Financial Times" -- "Christensen marshals so much data and analysis in support of his position that he makes a powerful case."--Context
  

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Very good analysis of why large companies fail. The book depicts very well connections between innovation and organisational structure. It's simply hard to change when you are large and profitable.

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é o primeiro livro do Christensen sobre disruptura. formata a teoria, com um pé fincado na inovação tecnológica. Faz link com a curva S, como faz o Rogers, mas segue por outro ângulo da questão.

Contents

How Can Great Firms Fail? Insights from the Hard Disk Drive
3
Value Networks and the Impetus to Innovate
29
Disruptive Technological Change in the Mechanical Excavator
61
What Goes Up Cant Go Down
77
MANAGING DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGICAL
97
Performance Provided Market Demand and the Product Life
183
A Case Study
205
A Summary 2 25
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Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the author of seven books, including the bestselling The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Innovator’s Solution. He’s also a five-time recipient of the annual McKinsey Award for Harvard Business Review's best article, including 2010’s “How Will You Measure Your Life?” Christensen is the cofounder of four companies, including the innovation consulting firm Innosight. In 2011, he was named the world's most influential business thinker in the Thinkers50 ranking.

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