Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

By Clayton M Christensen, Michael E Raynor
In the worldwide best seller The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen exposed a crushing paradox behind the failure of many industry leaders: By doing what good companies were supposed to do--focus on pleasing their most profitable customers--leaders were paving the way for their own demise. How? By ignoring disruptive technologies--new, cheaper innovations that initially target small customer segments but evolve to displace the reigning product.

Now, Christensen and co-author Michael E. Raynor cut the Gordian knot of the innovator's dilemma with The Innovator's Solution. This groundbreaking book reveals that innovation is not as unpredictable as most managers have come to believe. Although the outcomes of past innovations seem random, the process by which innovations are packaged and shaped within companies is very predictable. By understanding and managing the forces that influence this process, companies can shape high-octane business plans that create truly disruptive growth. Drawing on years of in-depth research and using new theories tested in hundreds of companies across many industries, the authors identify the processes that create successful innovations and show managers how to tailor their strategies to the changing circumstances of a dynamic world.


NEWS & OPINION: The Thinkers50

Posted November 22, 2011, 2:41 AM with category of Leadership & Strategy
Congratulations are in order for friend of the company Marshall Goldsmith, one of the really good guys in this business, on winning the 2011 Thinkers50 Leadership Award as the World’s Most-Influential Leadership Thinker. Now sponsored by the Harvard Business Review, The Thinkers50 is a decade-old, biannual global ranking of management thinkers that uses ten criteria to rank thinkers: originality of ideas; practicality of ideas; presentation style; written communication; loyalty of followers; business sense; international outlook; rigor of research; impact of ideas and the elusive guru factor. Goldsmith has all of those qualities in spades, ranked number seven on the overall Thinkers50 list and was certainly deserving of the award in Leadership he took home. Read more

EXCERPTS: The Innovator's DNA - An Excerpt

Posted July 19, 2011, 6:17 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
You may know Clayton Christensen for his classic works on innovation, The Innovator's Dilemma and The Innovator's Solution. In fact, The Innovator's Dilemma was included as one of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Todd wrote something that struck me as I revisited the review he wrote for the book today. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Monday Dots Describes Christensen's Disruptive Innovation

Posted July 24, 2009, 2:41 PM with category of Innovation & Creativity
Jeff Monday at Monday Dots has focused his latest video on the process of disruptive innovation. Jeff's source material is Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma (a 100 Best selection) and The Innovator's Solution. Using his unique dots approach, the video below quickly summarizes Christensen's theories: At the end of the video, Jeff goes even further and suggests an improvement: While I think this is good solution, I see it as highly reactive. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Channel Insider's 21 to Read

Posted May 27, 2009, 2:49 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Channel Insider recently posted a slide show of 21 Must Read Books for Business Success. It was compiled by asking "successful solution providers what books have both inspired them and shaped their approach to making their businesses a success. " You can get detailed descriptions of the books by viewing the slide show, but the list itself, with links, below. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Book Quote of the Year

Posted June 9, 2006, 1:52 PM with category of Innovation & Creativity
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt says in Harvard Business Review this month: "The business book that can help you has not been written yet. " He is referring to the message he sent to his managers at GE's annual Boca Raton meeting. Immelt's singular goal is growing the $150 billion company at 8% a year. Read more


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Publisher Harvard Business School Press
Publish date 10/01/2003
Pages 320
ISBN-13 9781578518524
ISBN-10 1578518520
Language English