Dinosaurs, Big Consulting Firms and Disruptive Innovation

N2Growth Blog

Thanks to Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard University and his 1997 landmark book, The Innovator’s Dilemma , we have a new way of understanding the life cycle of companies and why some market leaders maintain their dominant position and other one-time market leaders disappear.

Leading to Disruptive Innovation


Disruptive innovation is no longer the exception, it’s the rule. If we’re not proactively driving disruption, we’ll eventually need to react to it. In times of disruption, robust data rarely exist. Innovation innovation kaplan Leadership

Is Innovation manageable?

N2Growth Blog

In the years leading up to 2018, I have spent my time bringing innovation to the financial services space. Fintech, as this sector is colloquially referred, focuses for the most part on disrupting the state of affairs induced by the use of technology.

Investing in Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Investor Cathie Wood, one of Bloomberg’s 50 people who defined global business in 2018, discusses the five innovation platforms shaping our future and strategies for investing in them. Innovation Technology Economics & Society AudioThe views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.

For Whom Do We Innovate?

Mills Scofield

If you ever wondered about the power of innovation to radically change lives, wonder no more. For Whom Do We Innovate? The growth of tablets as a platform has helped make SpeakYourMind''s technology practical and affordable. The core technology of SpeakYourMind is simple.

Where Disruptive Innovation Came From

Harvard Business Review

After a long and successful run, the theory of disruptive innovation has come under attack of late. In a recent Sloan Management Review article, Dartmouth professor Andrew King asked “ How Useful Is the Theory of Disruptive Innovation?

How Big Data Is Changing Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Much fanfare has been paid to the term “disruptive innovation” over the past few years. Disruptive innovations are: Cheaper (from a customer perspective). Is Uber disruptive? Were Google’s Android phones disruptive to Nokia?

We Need to Expand the Definition of Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Zipcar counts as a disruptive innovation. The latter is according to Clayton Christensen, Michael Raynor, and Rory McDonald in their recent HBR article “ What is Disruptive Innovation?” I see the ability to leverage excess capacity as completely disruptive.

Amazon's Kindle Fire Is a Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business Review

It is this type of thinking that leaves venerable, high-performing companies — like Apple — open to the existential threats posed by competitors' disruptive innovations. Disruption occurs given two criteria. Apple Disruptive innovation Tech industry

What will the impact be of this new technology, device, software, innovation? – A question prompted by Rise of the Robots

First Friday Book Synopsis

The most common misunderstanding of disruptive innovations is to overestimate their impact in the short term and underestimate it in the long term. Geoffrey Moore, from this blog post: Geoffrey Moore on competing in the Age of Disruption: An interview by Bob Morris ———————– I’m deep into my reading of Rise of the Robots, which I… Read More What will the impact be of this new technology, device, software, innovation?

Morning Advantage: Disruptive Innovation Made Easy

Harvard Business Review

Take technology providers' technical support, with its long hold times "hopelessly complex interactions." Incremental change doesn’t disrupt an industry; radical change does," they note. On Fast Company's website, Bruce Kasanoff and Michael Hinshaw offer a nifty little primer for prospective disruptors. Looking to take an unsuspecting industry by storm? To start, try eliminating customer pain points.

Clayton Christensen on “The Discipline of Managing Disruption”

First Friday Book Synopsis

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Morning Advantage: Disruptive Innovation Made Easy

Harvard Business Review

Take technology providers' technical support, with its long hold times "hopelessly complex interactions." Incremental change doesn’t disrupt an industry; radical change does," they note. On Fast Company's website, Bruce Kasanoff and Michael Hinshaw offer a nifty little primer for prospective disruptors. Looking to take an unsuspecting industry by storm? To start, try eliminating customer pain points.

Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As a result of our conversation, I decided to dust-off an old post, give it a few updates, and pass along my thoughts, which can be best summarized as “ Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation. Without a viral movement, ideas go extinct before innovation.

070: Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation | with Larry Downes

Engaging Leader

Nearly two decades ago, Clayton Christiansen changed the way large companies thought about strategy and innovation with his book The Innovator’s Dilemma. His brand-new book, co-authored with Paul Nunes, is Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation.

Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology

Harvard Business Review

Today, the term increasingly serves as a corporate bogeyman that warns executives of the need to stand up and respond when disruptive developments encroach on their market. Kodak was so blinded by its success that it completely missed the rise of digital technologies.

Leadership Comes in Many Forms. Helping Business Save the Earth.

Great Leadership By Dan

Innovating O ur Way to Sustainability , we assert that to address these challenges requires substantial, disruptive innovation across a wide number of sectors. Such innovation cannot and will not happen without the active involvement of the business community. Innovation is more than invention. Markets are where the value of innovations are articulated. Innovation requires creating value that exceeds the cost of production.

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The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

Harvard Business Review

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. Or what if — as is the case today — current chip technology is nearing its theoretical limits , and a completely new architecture needs to be dreamed up? There is no one “true” path to innovation. Sustaining innovation. Breakthrough innovation.

What 40 Years of Research Reveals About the Difference Between Disruptive and Radical Innovation

Harvard Business Review

The second wave of digitization is set to disrupt all spheres of economic life. ” Yet, despite the unprecedented scope and momentum of digitization, many decision makers remain unsure how to cope, and turn to scholars for guidance on how to approach disruption. The first thing they should know is that not all technological change is “disruptive.” It was the initial encroachment from the low-end of the market that made Netflix disruptive.

The Right Way to Get Your First 1,000 Customers

Harvard Business Review

Thales Teixeira, associate professor at Harvard Business School, believes many startups fail precisely because they try to emulate successful disruptive businesses. He says by focusing too early on technology and scale, entrepreneurs lose out on the learning that comes from serving initial customers with an imperfect product. Teixeira is the author of the book “Unlocking the Customer Value Chain: How Decoupling Drives Consumer Disruption.”

Breaking the Death Grip of Legacy Technologies

Harvard Business Review

Technologies like 3-D printing, robotics, advanced motion controls, and new methods for continuous manufacturing hold great potential for improving how companies design and build products to better serve customers. The technologies and trends shaping tomorrow’s businesses.

Disruptive Change vs. The Small Steps of Kaizen (Maybe not Either/Or, but Both/And)

First Friday Book Synopsis

We know of the value of disruptive change, described best by Clayton M. Here’s the description (from Wikipedia): A disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. Christensen.

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Reverse Innovation in Tech Startups: The Story of Capillary Technologies

Harvard Business Review

At its core, reverse innovation describes solutions adopted first in poorer, emerging nations that subsequently—and disruptively—find a market in richer, developed nations. But can reverse innovation be relevant in the world of high-technology? The very definition of "high-technology" hints at something typically reserved for the developed world. Disruptive innovation India


How to Navigate the Politics of an Innovation Project

Harvard Business Review

A middle manager at a global technology organization — let’s call her “Denise” — had a problem. The innovation would boost efficiency by taking the excess inventory of one business unit and shipping it to units that had deficits, thereby reducing inventory-carrying costs companywide. The Politics of Innovation. Everyone wants innovation in their organization; it drives growth and revenues, promotes cultural change, and moves society forward.

6 Digital Trends Are Poised to Transform How We Work - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business Review

In addition to the digital tools entering the workplace now, several technologies and trends on the horizon have the potential to further transform the way we work and interact with others. Read more from DXC Technology: Digital Transformation Is Racing Ahead and No Industry Is Immune. As employees quickly adopt new technologies and collaborate globally, they’re an unconstrained force of change. Disruptive innovation Sponsor Content

In Defense of Routine Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Almost every discussion of innovation today inevitably turns to the topic of “disruption.” Academics write about the power of disruptive innovation to transform one industry after another. It is, of course, with good reason that disruptive innovation draws our attention.

How Chinese Companies Disrupt Through Business Model Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Experts continue to debate whether Chinese businesses are truly disruptive. Far from being disruptive, Chinese textile, apparel, appliances, metal, and solar and wind players have done little that has been different from the practices they found in these industries when they entered them.

How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

Harvard Business Review

And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to innovate. One of the prime drivers of economic growth inside America over the past century has been disruptive innovation ; yet the phenomenon that Lessig describes is increasingly being used by large incumbent firms as a mechanism to stave off the process. It's a web-based movie service, and relative to a lot of players in the space, a disruptively innovative one.

Box’s CEO on Pivoting to the Enterprise Market

Harvard Business Review

Technology Disruptive innovation Business models AudioAaron Levie, the CEO of Box, reflects on the cloud storage company’s entry into the enterprise market. He was skeptical about pivoting away from consumers, and it was challenging. But by staying disciplined with the product and deeply understanding market trends, they’ve made the strategic shift from B2C to B2B work. Download this podcast.

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Violent Leadership

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Be a force for change, disrupt, innovate, energize. Technological advances. Achievement takes planning, action, risk.and a zealously disruptive pursuit of goals," says Wesley Middleton, a strategic adviser and maverick leader in a traditional industry: accounting. It refers to a distinctive type of leadership that is passionate, innovative, and takes things by force," Middleton explains. "It Innovate. Ferocious competition. Generational differences.

Summer of Innovation

Harvard Business Review

One group wanted me to detail the essential habits of disruptive innovators (where I happily leveraged the great work on the innovator's DNA by Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton Christensen). I've written a few times about how the increasing accessibility and affordability of innovation could paradoxically give increased advantage to scale. Third, I had the privilege of serving as a reviewer for a handful of innovation contests and grant proposals.

Disarming Landmines Through Strategic Innovation

Harvard Business Review

He’s an innovator. Time and time again, we see the innovators of the world trouncing the strategists — those who devote their efforts to mastering how the game is played today and optimizing their use of current assets to beat all competitors. When Innovation Is Strategy.

What Innovative Companies Can Learn from Keurig’s Highs and Lows

Harvard Business Review

Continuously reinventing your organization doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch with each new innovation. These changes, often unclear and barely perceptible, foreshadow new trends in human behavior, technology, and demographics. The innovation was a bold move.

Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, and Apple's Innovation Premium

Harvard Business Review

As Steve Jobs steps down as Apple's CEO — and Tim Cook takes over — many folks are wondering whether Apple can keep its innovation engine humming. It took a few years to get things back on track, but from 2005-2010 Apple's innovation premium jumped to 52%.

What Kind of Innovative Does Apple Have to Be?

Harvard Business Review

My family and I have a bunch of Apple devices, a WiFi network built around an Apple Time Machine, and not enough technological savvy (or time) to figure out workarounds. So is iTunes Radio an innovation? Sounds great, I guess, and probably even innovative.

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. Yet, the innovator's dilemma persists. These biases are particularly acute for companies trying to drive disruptive innovation.

Revealing Leadership Insights From Thinkers50

Tanveer Naseer

Technology has clearly paid a huge part in this, but the biggest driver of change in how organizations are run is the ceaseless quest for improvement; to manage more efficiently and effectively to better achieve business results.

What Coffee, Bleach, and Bondi Blue Teach Us about Innovation

Harvard Business Review

That McDonald's or Pret a Manger is less open to disruptive innovation than El Bulli? If you believe any, or all, of those things, then you're not a business sophisticate, you're an innovation snob. — dismissal of perfectly profitable innovations because they're not digital, technological, or fashionable reveals more about elitist snobbery than market substance. There's nothing innovative about bleach. What could be less innovative?

New posts on #ecademy

Rapid BI

Disruptive Innovations that have impacted B2B Marketing Disruptive Innovations that have impacted business & B2B Marketing Looking through some of this data raises some interesting thoughts. The question is what will be the next disruptive technology or application that will change the way we do [.].

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Why Estonia Is Letting Entrepreneurs Become “E-Residents”

Harvard Business Review

If the public sector is to realize the full potential of digital technology to transform public finances and even kickstart national economic growth, governments will have to move beyond streamlining services and cutting red-tape for entrepreneurs. Technology is just one part of the story.

Eight Essential Questions for Every Corporate Innovator

Harvard Business Review

Research by Hal Gregersen and Jeffrey Dyer in fact shows that questioning is one of the behaviors that successful innovators share. So I’ll pose a question now: What questions should corporate innovators use to increase their odds of success? It is the innovator’s job. A time-tested path to disruptive growth is to compete not against fierce competitors, but against what we call nonconsumption. Identifying the Threat of Disruption. Disruptive innovation Strateg

No Innovation Is Immediately Profitable

Harvard Business Review

The team had spent the past two months formulating what it thought was a high-potential disruptive idea. The classic fingerprint of disruptive success. After all, she was seeking a disruptive idea that would deliver market magic; flummox incumbents; leverage a core capability; was new, different, and defensible; and produced financial returns immediately. Budgeting Disruptive innovation The meeting was going swimmingly.

The Industries That Are Being Disrupted the Most by Digital

Harvard Business Review

As digital technologies continue to transform the economy, many leaders are struggling to set a digital strategy, shift organizational structures, and remove the barriers that are keeping them from maximizing the potential impact of new digital technologies.

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