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#LeanBookClub - The Innovator's Dilemma

Lean Book Club meets every month to discuss a book that we've chosen to read together. Please only RSVP if you really intend to read the book and attend the meetup :)

After a round of votes, we've chosen a book that is a classical reading about disruptive innovation, The Innovator's Dilemma from Clayton Christensen.

Book website: http://www.claytonchristensen.com/books/the-innovators-dilemma/

Reviews

“Absolutely brilliant. Clayton Christensen provides an insightful analysis of changing technology and its importance to a company’s future success.”
—Michael R. Bloomberg

“This book ought to chill any executive who feels bulletproof —and inspire entrepreneurs aiming their guns.”
—Forbes

The Innovator’s Dilemma is the revolutionary business book that has forever changed corporate America. Based on a truly radical idea—that great companies can fail precisely because they do everything right—this Wall Street Journal, Business Week and New York Times Business bestseller is one of the most provocative and important business books ever written. Entrepreneurs, managers, and CEOs ignore its wisdom and its warnings at their great peril.

From the back cover

In this revolutionary bestseller, innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen says outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership—or worse, disappear altogether. And not only does he prove what he says, but he tells others how to avoid a similar fate.

Focusing on “disruptive technology,” Christensen shows why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. Whether in electronics or retailing, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know when to abandon traditional business practices. Using the lessons of successes and failures from leading companies, The Innovator’s Dilemma presents a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation.

Find out:

When it is right not to listen to customers.
When to invest in developing lower-performance products that promise lower margins.
When to pursue small markets at the expense of seemingly larger and more lucrative ones.
Sharp, cogent, and provocative, The Innovator’s Dilemma is one of the most talked-about books of our time—and one no savvy manager or entrepreneur should be without.

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  • Nico M.

    I am sorry that for childcare reasons I wasn't able to attend. I hope my review on Goodreads was useful and look forward to future discussions.

    September 9, 2014

    • Francesco M.

      Definitely an interesting review Nico - you would have enjoyed the discussion!

      September 9, 2014

  • Jason C.

    So I'm here early if anyone is here

    September 1, 2014

  • Nico M.

    My review of the book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2615 (Sadly I can only stay for the first hour of so as I have a prior commitment.)

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Laurie Y.

    Wasn't expecting to come so haven't read the book, though I know the themes and ideas

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Francesco M.

    Warming up for Monday's debate http://nyr.kr/Y10zgD

    August 30, 2014

    • Andrew W.

      Okay... so heres the thing... take the time to read about Core Competency - it runs counter to the Innovators Dilemma/Solution

      September 1, 2014

    • Andrew W.

      And something Schumpeter coined Creative Destruction

      September 1, 2014

  • Francesco M.

    BTW After this Meetup the Startup Burger is taking place (either at the same venue or nearby) and you are all welcome to join

    August 28, 2014

  • Francesco M.

    Hi all, the Meetup is approaching and I was wondering if you could update your RSVPs accordingly. In case you started today, you should read around 60 pages per day if you want to make it! Cheers

    August 27, 2014

  • Francesco M.

    Good to see so many hints about innovation colonies on The Innovator's Dilemma after having read The Lean Enterprise...

    August 12, 2014

  • Francesco M.

    I will never look at a Bobcat with the same eyes again...

    August 8, 2014

  • Alan

    Just clarifying, are we talking about "Innovators Dilemma" or "Innovators Dilemma and Innovators Solution" The later is a follow on from the same author, and often confused as the same book, it's not! What people are describing here sounds like the follow on book. If I understand the first book correctly, (I accidentally recommended to a friend to read the first, and he was really upset saying it was dry, and well, quite demotivating. Compared to the second, which brings hope, ...via .."the solution". It sounds like you're all talking about the second book, here ->
    http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Business/The-Innovators-Solution-Audiobook/B004FUBEDI/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1406283935&sr=1-2

    1 · July 25, 2014

    • Francesco M.

      Good that the debate is alive: did any of you receive my email asking for voting for your favourite book? I guess we could go for discussing both of them - holidays are approaching and we'll have plenty of time at the beach

      July 25, 2014

    • Andrew W.

      I'll just re-read the solution and you can be left with the dilemma

      July 25, 2014

  • Manuel

    Hi guys, I've promoted the event on CampusBoard ;) => http://goo.gl/2vGwov

    See you there!

    July 25, 2014

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