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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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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.

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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.

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  • Anthony
  • Grand Prairie, TX, United States
  • 10-07-13

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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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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A bit of a text book feel but worth it

I started this book because it was mentioned in the Steve Jobs bio. While the writing sounds a bit like it is supposed to be a textbook, the concepts are fascinating and important. It is a must read for anyone with a business or managing a group.

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Good insights, not very actionable

The insights contained in this short book are great for understanding why big companies fail to capitalize on disruptive technologies. However, the case studies are fairly limited and focus mostly on the failures, giving the listener a good foundation of what NOT to do, rather than laying down examples of innovators to follow.

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Poor Execution

The concept of this book is awesome but the combination of both the narrator and the way it is written made it hard to bare. I constantly asked myself why I was listening to this but knew it was to learn so I pushed through. Great message being passed but defiantly not the best to read or listen to.

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One of the best books for big businesses.

One of the best books for big businesses. Not exactly for startups. Highly recommended book.

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Dry

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Really dry and nothing earthshattering but business lovers will like it. There are likely more interesting profiles that could have been used for examples.

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powerful ideas

This book has many many useful and provoking ideas small space. A lot of thought went into this. I want to read it again.