Clayton Christensen’s The Innovators Dilemma is a business classic, providing a framework for understanding how technological or business model innovations (or more usually, both) allow new businesses to gain a foothold in markets or to create new ones.
It’s been hugely influential – and has come in for its share of criticism.
This post contains links to a range of resources for getting up to speed with disruptive innovation, as well as some of Christensen’s other theories – particularly his ‘jobs to be done’ view of markets and product development, and modularity theory.
The Christensen Institute:
Brief introductions to:
… and some decent blog posts illustrating some of these topics in different fields
Talk at Google
This is my favourite overview – Christensen covers most of his key ideas clearly and with humour.
At Startup Grind
On how to build a disruptive business…
And talking with Marc Andreessen about his ideas:
On the a16z Podcast
Highly recommend these episodes:
- Beyond Disruption Theory: Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz talking about how disruption theory has been important to them, with other insights into entrepreneurship in general:
2. Competing Against Luck: Another conversation with Marc Andreessen about how the Christensen’s understanding of disruption theory has evolved
At Said Business School, Oxford
I’ve just discovered these while writing this post – will add a note later once I’ve watched them.
Lecture 1: Disruptive Innovation:
Lecture 2: Management
Lecture 3: The Process of Research