The Innovator's Dilemma

By Clayton M. Christensen,

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

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Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors A Wall Street Journal and Businessweek bestseller. Named by Fast Company as one of the most influential leadership books in its Leadership Hall of Fame. An innovation classic. From Steve Jobs to Jeff Bezos,…

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Why read it?

4 authors picked The Innovator's Dilemma as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Successful companies almost always struggle to deal with the threats posed by new technologies. They fail to recognize the dangers posed by new entrants, and they are slow to move to the “next big thing.”

I think Christenson wrote THE seminal book on this topic and gave me the tools to understand this from both a theoretical and practical perspective. 

From Howie's list on innovators and innovation.

I hate the way people toss around the term, disruption, to describe everything under the sun, neutering the value of the term in describing why disruption matters. Christensen’s book relies on empirical research, not hyperbole, to describe what makes innovations disruptive and why many companies fail to respond to disruptive innovations. I use the book and a series of Harvard Business Review articles co-authored by Christensen in one of my classes as a way to help my students understand the unique challenges of marketing disruptive innovations. Inevitably, the students who resist the concepts the most are the ones who write…

From Jonathan's list on responding to disruption and uncertainty.

In this book, Professor Clayton Christensen explores the puzzle of why seemingly well-run companies fail. He shares many examples of companies that are well-managed, listen to their customers, act on market trends, and invest in R&D – i.e. appear to do all the right things – and yet fail. The Innovator’s Dilemma lays out why established companies often fail at disruptive technologies and how to tackle the inherent challenges. Disruptive technologies are technologies that underperform existing products in mainstream markets and have features that a few fringe customers value. They are often ignored by well-run companies precisely because their customers…

Trial, Error, and Success: 10 Insights into Realistic Knowledge, Thinking, and Emotional Intelligence

By Sima Dimitrijev, PhD, Maryann Karinch,

Book cover of Trial, Error, and Success: 10 Insights into Realistic Knowledge, Thinking, and Emotional Intelligence

Sima Dimitrijev, PhD Author Of Trial, Error, and Success: 10 Insights into Realistic Knowledge, Thinking, and Emotional Intelligence

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Why am I passionate about this?

My core value is realistic education—learning from each other’s errors and successes, but with full awareness of the difference between the determined past and the uncertain future. We can benefit from uncertainty, which I’ve been doing for a living as an engineer, academic researcher, and inventor. I make use of knowledge and science as much as possible, but I also know that strategic decisions for the uncertain future require skepticism and thinking to deal with the differences in a new circumstance. With my core value, I am passionate about sharing insights and knowledge that our formal education does not provide.

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What is my book about?

Everything in nature evolves by trial, error, and success—from fundamental physics, through evolution in biology, to how people learn, think, and decide.

This book presents a way of thinking and realistic knowledge that our formal education shuns. Stepping beyond this ignorance, the book shows how to deal with and even benefit from uncertainty by skeptical thinking, strategic decisions, and teamwork based on enlightened self-interests.

This bottom-up thinking is thought-provoking for leaders who wish to build teams rather than herds. The insights in the book will help you to be better prepared for the unexpected, less likely to conform when you…

Trial, Error, and Success: 10 Insights into Realistic Knowledge, Thinking, and Emotional Intelligence

By Sima Dimitrijev, PhD, Maryann Karinch,

What is this book about?

Everything in nature evolves by trial, error, and success. They didn't teach you this in school, even though you should know why the rigid laws of physics don't rule nature and don't inhibit your free-will decisions to try, fail, and succeed. As a guide to success, this book shows how skepticism, prudent use of science, and thinking lead to strategic decisions for the uncertain future.
 
Presenting real-life examples, the thinking in the book combines sharp analyses with broad analogies to show:
 
How to identify realistic knowledge and avoid harm due to overgeneralized concepts. How to create new knowledge and solve…


Disruption is a celebrated essence in entrepreneurial circles. The disruptive technologies behind, say, Uber, that transformed society’s acceptance of ride-sharing, or Airbnb and short-term home rentals, changed the way we live, and created entirely new categories and great fortunes. In The Innovator’s Dilemma, Christensen exposes the full nature of disruptive technologies; where they come from, why they upend industry leaders, and what companies can do to recognize and harness significant new innovations. It is the owner’s manual for creating disruptive, entrepreneurial success.

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