The Weekly Stripe – 31.01.20
The Innovator's Dilemma is one of the most influential business books of the last 50 years. This week's link explore the work of its author, the late Clayton Christensen.
This FT obituary provides a good summary of the man and his work ($).
The Innovator’s Dilemma, published in 1997, described how incumbents who neglected the lower end of their market could be disrupted by new and innovative products. This central idea — that companies should disrupt themselves to escape the fate of complacent incumbents — inspired Silicon Valley’s innovators. Here’s a good explainer animation
The infamous rebuttal of his Disruption thesis by Jill Lepore in The New Yorker took issue with Christensen’s use of handpicked case studies to generate a generalisable theory and his selective use of history. His response was characteristically generous.
Putting data back in its place at a Drucker Forum meeting in 2017: “Data is a representation of the phenomena, but data is not the phenomena … you need to make your decisions based on theories of causality in management, not by data”