[Paleopsych] disruptive innovations link
Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D.
ljohnson at solution-consulting.com
Wed Mar 16 04:46:18 UTC 2005
Here is an interesting interview of Clayton Christensen, Harvard Prof
and proponent of disruptive innovations. His ideas apply to societies as
well as businesses, IMHO.
Intro blurb: IN RECENT YEARS, HARVARD Business School professor Clayton
Christensen has gained a reputation for his work on "disruptive
innovations"--products or systems that create entirely new markets. His
first book, The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great
Firms to Fail (Harvard Business School Press, 1997), was named the best
business book of 1997 by The Financial Times and Booz, Allen & Hamilton,
and remains a stalwart in CIO's Reading Room
<http://www.cio.com/books/>. Christensen's research explains why
established companies--even those competently managed by smart
people--have such trouble countering or embracing disruptive innovations
that are on the horizon. His theory is that organizations customarily
develop mind-sets and processes that revolve around doing what they
already know. Once that pattern becomes established, managers have great
difficulty justifying to others or even themselves the need to turn
their processes upside down to respond to a barely emergent market
change. By the time the threat is apparent, however, it's usually too
late; upstart companies have seized a substantial lead.
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