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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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Publisher's Summary

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
    3.14 09-10-10 Member Since 2009
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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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sahil 02-02-15
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    "Truly life changing concepts"

    I got a few very important concepts from this book. As an entrepreneur i was seeking guidance on why my attempts to innovate or invent fell short of the mark and this book highlights some potential reasons why. It definitely fills a piece of the puzzle and given its short length is a must read for all.

    1 of 1 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Plunk 04-11-15
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    "An interesting perspective on innovation"

    If you work somewhere where you work or drive innovation, I would recommend reading this book. It has some interesting perspectives on when and what types of innovation are successful. It may taking some thought to apply this to your situation, but read it and see what you learn.

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    Jonathan 03-30-15
    Jonathan 03-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So so"

    This is a better read for someone in a higher management position. Rather then for a person newer to management.

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    Fritalci 03-01-15
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    "Thoughtful and densely written. A must read."

    I needed to listen to this three times to fully grasp the content due to how densely written it is. The content itself was extremely helpful for understanding different phenomena I've seen in business.

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    Sam Motes Tampa 01-28-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 01-28-14 Listener Since 2009

    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.

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    "Not Everything I Hoped For."
    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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