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A seminal work by bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen.
In his international bestseller The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen exposed this crushing paradox behind the failure of many industry leaders: by placing too much focus on pleasing their most profitable customers, these firms actually paved the way for their own demise by ignoring the disruptive technologies that aggressively evolved to displace them. In The Innovators Solution, Christensen and coauthor Michael E. Raynor help all companies understand how to become disruptors themselves.
Clay Christensen (author of the award-winning Harvard Business Review article, How Will You Measure Your Life?”) and Raynor not only reveal that innovation is more predictable than most managers have come to believe, they also provide helpful advice on the business decisions crucial to truly disruptive growth. Citing in-depth research and theories tested in hundreds of companies across many industries, the authors identify the processes that create successful innovationand they show managers how to tailor their strategies to the changing circumstances of a dynamic world.
The Innovators Solution is an important addition to any innovation library.
Published by Harvard Business Review Press.
"[A]n absorbing new book...a shrewd and coherent view of how the business world actually works." New York Times
"[R]eaders familiar with more technical business management tomes will find this one both 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
Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor reveals that innovation is not as unpredictable as most managers have come to believe. A follow-up to the worldwide bestseller, The Innovator's Dilemma, this groundbreaking book shows managers how to tailor their strategies to the changing circumstances of a dynamic world.
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.
This book opens the black box of innovation to reveal the forces that impact the shaping of innovations from inception to launch within organizations, and shows what managers must do to avoid the preponderance of "me-too" innovations and increase the odds of creating truly disruptive growth.
About the Author
Clayton M. Christensen, D.B.A., is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, with a joint appointment in technology and operations management and general management, at the Harvard Business School.
Michael E. Raynor, D.B.A., is a director at Deloitte Research, the thought leadership arm of Deloitte & Touche and Deloitte Consulting.