The Innovator's Dilemma

When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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His work is cited by the world's best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic best seller - one of the most influential business books of all time - innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right - yet still lose market leadership. Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices. Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator's Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.

©2016 The President and fellows of Harvard College (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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This book is best read, not heard

This book presents thoughtful, well researched frameworks, many of which are now commonly accepted approaches to succeeding with disruptive innovation, even for non-tech companies. The book was a bit dry though and the case studies could have been briefer. Also, the book discusses charts that help the reader better understand the concepts. I would have preferred to read the book so that I could see the charts.

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Great Book in Need of Companion PDF

The material is phenomenal but is sorely lacking a companion PDF to illustrate the graphs and charts referenced throughout the book as well as the book discussion at the end.

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Too Big to Succeed, Innovation Starts Small.

Have you ever wondered how anyone can compete with a large company? Think of all the resources that the super-companies have that aren't accessible by most people: expensive trainings, access to start of the art technology, extensive supplier networks, discounts on massive orders of parts, etc. I know that I have often felt discouraged as an entrepreneur when brainstorming how to compete with established businesses. If you have any interest in learning why big companies fail, this book is for you.

One point that the book explains is that large companies aren't interested in emerging technologies until they are profitable enough to justify their attention. However, small companies are happy to pursue emerging technologies because they are looking for smaller sources of revenue. By the time the emerging technology is profitable enough for a big company to begin to pursue it, it's too late because the small company already has too great of lead in the market. Think Ford, Tesla, and the electric car. Ford had some basic research into electric cars, but wasn't really interested in them because they weren't profitable enough. Tesla, as a smaller company, was interested enough to pursue the electric car. Now Tesla has a great head start in the electric car market compared to Ford.

I really enjoyed this book. This isn't the kind of book I can marathon, it takes time to understand and think about the concepts taught. This is the kind of book that opens your eyes to what is happening in the business world. I highly recommend this book to businessmen and engineers alike.

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As relevant today as it was when it was printed

Great story good performance. Although this book was written years ago, it's still relevant today. The author's stories on disruptive tech like hard disk drives, motorcycles, and back hoes, carry the same lesson in today's tech like AI, AR, and autonomous vehicles. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's interested in breaking ground in emerging technologies or working in any disruptive industry. Startup founders should start here before reading anything else.

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Outdated examples companies.

It felt like a book from 60s and 70s....

It is a book for a more mature company and certainly not for a startup.

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Really insightful.

An excellent read for engineers/managers in competitive markets. A cautionary tale that highlights the risk of market dominance.

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An encyclopedia’s worth of information

This is one that requires a read, a reread and at least one more after that in order to fully grasp what is being presented. Immense and deep in its knowledge written, but a classic Christensen book that one cannot miss.

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This title remains relevant to this day!

This book should be in every executive and Product Manager's / developers back pocket. Refer to it often.

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great insight on how to foster innovation

Great insight on how to foster innovation within an organization. A bit dry, but worth the read.

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The point was made early in the book....disruptive technology can't be handled by existing supply chains. These technologies are hard to identify and are usually lower margin to begin with. I wish the author spent more time discussing how to identify disruptive technologies and practical tips for their use. The narrator's voice grinded on me and made listening hard.

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