Cover of: The Innovator's Dilemma | Clayton M. Christensen

About the Book

In his book, The Innovator's Dilemma [3], Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School describes a theory about how large, outstanding firms can fail "by doing everything right." The Innovator's Dilemma, according to Christensen, describes companies whose successes and capabilities can actually become obstacles in the face of changing markets and technologies. (Source)

This book takes the radical position that great companies can fail precisely because they do everything right. It demonstrates why outstanding companies that had their competitive antennae up, listened astutely to customers, and invested aggressively in new technologies still lost their market leadership when confronted with disruptive changes in technology and market structure. And it tells how to avoid a similar fate. Using the lessons of successes and failures of leading companies, The Innovator's Dilemma presents a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. These principles will help managers determine when it is right not to listen to customers, when to invest in developing lower-performance products that promise lower margins, and when to pursue small markets at the expense of seemingly larger and more lucrative ones. - Jacket flap.

First Sentence

WHEN I BEGAN my search for an answer to the puzzle of why the best firms can fail, a friend offered some sage advice.

Edition Notes

Series
Harper Business Essentials

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
320
Dimensions
8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
Weight
9.1 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL9232424M
ISBN 10
0060521996
ISBN 13
9780060521998
Library Thing
28539
Goodreads
2615

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