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The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth | [Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor]

The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

Clayton M. Christensen is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Michael E. Raynor is a director at Deloitte Research. Together, they outline an innovative plan that urges businesses to create disruption rather than fleeing from it. Named one of 2003's Best Business Books by Business Week, this book is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller.
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Publisher's Summary

Clayton M. Christensen is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Michael E. Raynor is a director at Deloitte Research. Together, they outline an innovative plan that urges businesses to create disruption rather than fleeing from it. Named one of 2003's Best Business Books by Business Week, this book is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller.

©2003 Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"Stimulating and beneficial." (Publishers Weekly)
"[A] valuable tool for every aspiring upstart, whether you're inside a billion-dollar company or have a billion-dollar glimmer in your eye." (Fast Company)

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    Amazon Customer AUSTIN, TX, United States 05-07-11
    Amazon Customer AUSTIN, TX, United States 05-07-11
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    "A must-read for technologists"

    I work in the technology industry, which seems to progress in fits and spurts, through disruptive innovations that become mainstream products within mere years, not decades. This book was eye-opening in its exploration of disruptive innovations, the conditions under which they succeed, their effect on "established" players...how (if) a disruptive innovation can be defended against by the established players..

    Very interesting read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bryden Mt nasura, Australia 09-29-10
    Bryden Mt nasura, Australia 09-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Possibly the best business book available"

    I found this book to be a refreshing no BS analysis of the business of innovation

    It is well articulated well researched and puts forward a clear, precise and consistent idea that is backed up and explained in real world case studies.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matt McKillip Kokomo, IN USA 02-18-10
    Matt McKillip Kokomo, IN USA 02-18-10 Listener Since 2009

    I read a lot and on most any subject!

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    "A Must Read for Leaders and Managers"

    A sound theory and good book on innovation. I can not wait to try the techniques on a new project!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wilcox Katy, TX, United States 05-08-12
    Wilcox Katy, TX, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Insightful!"
    If you could sum up The Innovator's Solution in three words, what would they be?

    Move up-market.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the way that they were able to back up each assertion with relevant examples.


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

    Yes. I typically listen to my audio books at triple-speed (which, surprisingly is still easy to understand). As a result, I was able to listen to this book over the course of a day.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ina Brattholmen, Norway 01-15-12
    Ina Brattholmen, Norway 01-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A easy to understand presentation of a complex sub"
    Would you listen to The Innovator's Solution again? Why?

    yes, for reminding me on the points and making notes of relevant models to use


    Any additional comments?

    The reader should be complemented on making the material alive and making it easy to understand. Good prononsiations makes the listening to a good alternative to reading the book. Well done :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PATRICK Pasadena, CA, United States 06-11-13
    PATRICK Pasadena, CA, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book...Drone Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Innovator's Solution the most enjoyable?

    The content of the book is great. Something every C and VP level manager needs to read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joel Leffert’s performances?

    No way...most drone voice I've ever heard. Puts me to sleep every time...even when I'm not tired.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get someone else to narrate this...and I'll actually buy it again to listen to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PC Los Altos Hills, CA 05-14-13
    PC Los Altos Hills, CA 05-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Perplexed..."

    This book is like a labyrinth of tips and solutions to innovation.

    It starts off like this "In case you meet condition A and condition B, while condition C is avoidable, you should do action X to expect outcome Z".

    Now, this starts to get super annoying when the list goes beyond handful.

    As the situation can be assessed differently from a person to another person, this book stands far from its original intention: to provide a solution for people at loss on innovation

    Maybe it was too much to ask Professor Christensen to come up with a solution. His issue raising with innovator's dilemma is maybe where the series should have stopped at.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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