The Innovator's Dilemma

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The Innovator's Dilemma
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Author Clayton Christensen
Country United States
Genre Business theory
Publisher Harvard Business Review Press; 1st edition (May 1, 1997)
Publication date
ISBN 0875845851

The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, generally referred to as The Innovator's Dilemma, is the most well-known work of the Harvard professor and businessman Clayton Christensen.

Subject matter[edit]

First published in 1997, Christensen's book suggests that successful companies can put too much emphasis on customers' current needs, and fail to adopt new technology or business models that will meet customers' unstated or future needs; he argues that such companies will eventually fall behind.
Christensen calls this "disruptive innovation" and gives examples as diverse as the personal computer industry, milkshakes, and steel minimills.

Other books[edit]

The book proved popular; not only was it reprinted,[1] but a follow-on book entitled "The Innovator's Solution" was published.[2] His books "Disrupting Class"[3] about education and "The Innovator's Prescription"[4] about health care both utilize ideas from the Innovator's Dilemma.


  1. ^ Christensen, Clayton (2011). The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business. HarperBusiness. p. 336. ISBN 0062060244. 
  2. ^ Christensen, Clayton (2003). The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth. Harvard Business School Press. ISBN 1578518520. 
  3. ^ Christensen, Clayton; Johnson, Curtis; Horn, Michael (2010). Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (2 ed.). p. 272. ISBN 9780071749107. 
  4. ^ Christensen, Clayton; Grossman, Jerome H.; Hwang, Jason (2008). The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care. McGraw-Hill. p. 496. ISBN 9780071592086. 

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