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The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail | [Clayton M. Christensen]

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

Great companies can fail: not because they do anything wrong, but because they do everything right. Meeting customers' current needs leads firms to reject breakthrough innovations, "disruptive technologies", that create the products and opportunities of the future.
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Great companies can fail: not because they do anything wrong, but because they do everything right. Meeting customers' current needs leads firms to reject breakthrough innovations, "disruptive technologies", that create the products and opportunities of the future.

Radical thinking...and a wake-up call. Citing examples from many industries (computers, retailing, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, steel), Clayton M. Christensen explains how to avoid a similar fate. He presents strategies for determining when not to listen to customers, when to pursue small markets at the expense of larger ones, and other ways to ensure long-term growth and profit. This award-winning audiobook shows managers the changes that may be coming: and how to respond for success.

©1997, 2000 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Published by arrangement with Harvard Business School Press; (P)2000 HighBridge Company

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    3.14 09-10-10
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    "See "The Innovator's Solution" Instead"

    Good concepts for managers and entrepreneurs, but very short and the narration sounds like a bedtime story. For a better value, better narration, and more useful information, see the followup, "The Innovator's Solution" instead.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 01-28-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 01-28-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Leading on the tech edge"

    The Innovators Dilemma looks at why many big companies struggle to introduce new disruptive technologies. The slow turn around in seeing substantial profits and the small percentages that the new venture may show on the books often leads to failure if not addressed through acquisition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Grand Prairie, TX, United States 10-07-13
    Anthony Grand Prairie, TX, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Insightful"
    What made the experience of listening to The Innovator's Dilemma the most enjoyable?

    Good speaker. The book moved along quickly without adding a lot of fluff. It gets right to the point. Awesome book and great information.


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    KeenanRIVALS Detroit, MI 08-10-13
    KeenanRIVALS Detroit, MI 08-10-13 Member Since 2013

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    What did you love best about The Innovator's Dilemma?

    Though the book did have its positive moments, I wasnt 100% impressed. It was a bit redundant, I felt like he stressed the same topic over and over again, which may have been the point because this a is a huge thing companies deal with.

    A huge summary of the book was, smaller firms have an easier time entering into smaller more innovative markets, because their margins or number of sales dont need to be as large as say a bigger company. 20% of $40 million company is only $8 Million, while 20% of $400 million is $80 milion, which the new market may not have.

    Other than that, the reader was a little dull, but the content did stick, as he said it a million times haha.


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    bythecshore Eastern U.S. 08-02-13
    bythecshore Eastern U.S. 08-02-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Pretty good ideas, a bit long."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, assuming the friend was in a situation of trying to innovate from within a large, established company.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innovator's Dilemma?

    None.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes. I didn't like the narrator's style. He's kind of "breathless" in that every sentence has extra emphasis, sort of like a radio announcer reading a commercial. It gets old very quickly. I much prefer a more relaxed conversational style, using emphasis only when called for.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it driving to/from work, it too about one week.


    Any additional comments?

    My expectations for this book were too high, based on all the great things I heard about it from other people. I think I would've liked the book better had I not had those sky-high expectations. But all in all, it's a good book worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marvin United States 04-28-13
    Marvin United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great examples to support the story"
    Where does The Innovator's Dilemma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is not the best but a strong contender for 2nd or 3rd over all in my current audiobook library (5 books)


    What other book might you compare The Innovator's Dilemma to and why?

    I would compare the Innovator's Dilemma to the Lean Startup because the covers similar situations and steps to get a startup off the ground successfully.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Don Leslie?

    Don hits the nail on the head about why great corporations struggle with Innovation. I've worked at 4 fortune 100 companies in my career so far and I've seen the same trend within the corporations even though they are of different industries (Retail, Technology and Energy).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!! I was surprised of how quickly i was able to complete the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Palm City, FL, USA 09-17-12
    Bill Palm City, FL, USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Too ancient a reference"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nice business book for an MBA student.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The theory was fine. The examples were dated and boring.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Don Leslie?

    No idea


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the overall theory holds today.


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    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12
    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Every business person should read this."

    Every business person should read this. Quick, easy and to the point. If you what to know more of the psychology of companies and why they have so many issues with disruptive technologies, read former Intel CEO Andrew S. Grove's book: Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company.

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    Kevin Fredon, NJ, United States 03-06-12
    Kevin Fredon, NJ, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Good for Techies, not so applicable to Pharma"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am in the Pharma industry. Getting to market fast or first is not always an advantage for us. We don't have the luxury of market first and tinker with improvements second. We have to get the safety and efficacy of drugs pretty close to perfect the first time. Otherwise, our competitors learn from our mistakes and come in behind us and eat us for lunch. This is a concept that was lost in this book.

    If you are producing tech gear (main example in the book was hard drives) than this book is more for you.

    Bottom line: Know Your Market!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan Fremont, CA, United States 02-13-12
    Dylan Fremont, CA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent discussion of innovation challenges."
    Where does The Innovator's Dilemma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent discussion of the challenges of continuing to innovative at a fast pace as companies become successful and large.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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