The Real Secret to Thriving Amid Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business Review

I'm sitting at DLD , a new-media conference hosted by an old media company (German magazine publisher Burda) in Munich. Breyer stands out — both in the room and the Twitter echo chamber — by sounding like an Old Testament prophet (or at least like Clay Christensen ): "traditional media companies unless they radically change. Lots of industries have been turned upside down by innovation over the years. The disruption just keeps on going.

The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

Harvard Business

One of the best innovation stories I’ve ever heard came to me from a senior executive at a leading tech firm. That, in essence, is the value of open innovation. In researching my book, Mapping Innovation , I found that every innovation strategy fails eventually, because innovation is, at its core, about solving problems — and there are as many ways to innovate as there are types of problems to solve. Sustaining innovation.

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The Persistence of the Innovator's Dilemma

Harvard Business Review

In 1995, a young Harvard Business School Professor co-authored an article in Harvard Business Review , "Disruptive Technology: Catching the Wave." The most punishing innovations, they argued, were the ones that were easy to dismiss at first blush — simple, affordable solutions that took root outside the mainstream market. The authors called these "disruptive" solutions and provided a straightforward prescription for leaders looking to turn disruption into an opportunity.

Disruptive Business Models | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While much has been written about corporate vision, mission, process, leadership, strategy, branding and a variety of other business practices, it is the engineering of these practices to be disruptive that maximizes opportunities. Without a disruptive focus you are merely building your business model on a “me too&# platform of mediocrity. So why do so many established and often well managed companies struggle with disruptive innovation?

Investors Punish Amazon for Investing in Disruptive Growth

Harvard Business Review

And these investments are being made in the infrastructure to support not just a single disruptive business, but a number of disruptive-growth opportunities. Below is a snapshot of Amazon's portfolio of disruptive businesses: • Amazon Retail — disrupting traditional retailers. Amazon Kindle — disrupting the paper book format and paper book retailers. CreateSpace — a self-publishing solution that disrupts traditional publishing houses.

What Kind of Innovative Does Apple Have to Be?

Harvard Business Review

So is iTunes Radio an innovation? Other new features announced at Apple''s World Wide Developers Conference Monday, such as the iOS 7 and Mavericks operating systems, had a bit more actual newness to them. Sounds great, I guess, and probably even innovative. The subject of whether Apple is still innovative has become an extremely touchy one over the past year. Except for a few dark years in the mid-1990s, Apple has always been very good at sustaining innovation.

Ask Customers to Use Less of Your Product: The Big Heresy

Harvard Business Review

The short conference brought together public and private sector managers working on environmental and social issues. The wisdom of such a strategy has been discussed in business circles for years, most notably in the work of Harvard's Clayton Christensen ( The Innovator's Dilemma ). Last week I attended an Executive Sustainability Summit hosted by Xerox , Waste Management (WM), and Arizona State University.