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Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation

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It used to take years or even decades fordisruptive innovations to dethrone dominantproducts and services. But now any businesscan be devastated virtually overnightby something better and cheaper. How canexecutives protect themselves and harnessthe power of Big Bang Disruption?

Just a few years ago, drivers happily spent more than$200 for a GPS unit. But as smartphones exp
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Portfolio
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Apr 15, 2014 Gwen rated it liked it
Easy to miss some of the better insights in this book. At first blush the book seems like a different way of describing compression of product/business cycles. A lot of time spent describing "the shark fin". But the book has observations worthy of more thought and ink:

what does it take to recreate an "enterprise as an engine of continuing innovation". The author includes examples that are not simply product extensions and tweaking of new features. "The art of serial disruption."

"The replacemen
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Jan 13, 2014 Jose Papo rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read to all CxOs and executives. The authors do a fantastic job to explain how disruption now can occur very rapidly, generating "creative destruction" faster than before (when the great Clayton Christensen wrote about the innovator's dilemma). I also liked the discussion about how the Chasm and the adoption curve changed with the new Big Bang disruption phenomena. Read it to understand how today's and tomorrow technologies are now exponentially disrupting established ...more
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Mar 06, 2014 Phil Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Disclaimer: I received this book gratis via the authors' PR firm.

I try to stay on top of important business books, especially those with emphases on technology, innovation, and disruption. To this end, I recently read Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation. Here's my review.

The Good

Downes and Nunes have clearly done a great deal of research. Their book is not lacking in content and ambition, calling the work of business stalwarts like Geoffrey Moore and Clayton Christ
Apr 08, 2014 Peter rated it liked it
The core of the book is great. Forget existing "rules" or "dogmas" like "crossing the chasm" etc > all that is old thinking. The book is about a new model called "the shark fin", with 4 stages: the singularity (no, not the one of Ray Kurzweil ;-), the big bang, the big crunch, and entropy. With for each step, 3 strategies for companies who really want to disrupt. I very much liked the end of the book describing latest evolutions of CVC (Corporate Venture Funds) with a great case from ...more
Apr 12, 2014 David rated it really liked it
Nicely done. Well constructed analysis of digital-based innovation. Many interesting real life examples. Book almost lost me in Part 1, as it was a summary of already well publicized recent event (e.g., rise of twitter). Fortunately, Part 2 provides the innovation framework (Shark fin) that is quite insightful.

* The Singularity
1. Consult Your Truth Tellers
2. Pinpoint Market Entry
3. Launch Seemingly Random Market Experiments
* The Big Bang
4. Survive Catastrophic Success
5. Capture Winner-Take
Jan 18, 2016 Ryan marked it as to-read summary:
The entire cycle of innovation has been disrupted thanks to technology. The world has begun to focus on goods delivered with the help software, such as smartphone applications.
While authors Larry Downes and Paul Dunes, both experts in the tech world, break the bad news about technology disruption to potential entrepreneurs, they also offer key advice about how to survive and compete in this fast-paced world. The bad news for entrepreneurs is that instead of sitting back
Sep 19, 2015 Rendell rated it liked it
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Authors tried to explain industry disruption using astronomy analogy such as the Big Bang. Too many big words (eg. Singularity, Big Crunch, Entropy, Shark Fin) , in my opinion.

The case studies are plentiful. Felt like it was a supplement notes written for MBA students or board members.

Ahmed Korayem
May 31, 2014 Ahmed Korayem rated it it was ok
Technological advancements enables the creation of better an cheaper products faster than ever, and the product life cycle shrinks. How to deal with similar situations?? The authors say: at each stage of the reshaped product life cycle, be faster!!
Nothing impressive about the book for me !
Dec 29, 2015 Sambasivan rated it it was amazing
Inspired to elaborate on his HBR article, this ground breaking work is essential reading for all senior managers. The principles are simple and easy to implement but the urgency of the task is never to be underestimated. Go for it.
Lokesh Dhaker
Feb 18, 2016 Lokesh Dhaker rated it it was amazing
Nice book on strategic environment of technology industry. Good insights on product strategy and management. Nice one to read.
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May 03, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Very nice description of the new brutal competition. I found the advice excellent and practical in order to deal with big bang disruptions. Must read for everyone not protected by regulations.
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Aug 26, 2015 Andrea Lorenzini rated it liked it
This book is interesting for description of new market time compression and amplification and also for some real examples, but is very diluted.
Mar 29, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it
Good overview of how disruption is no a matter of months, rather than years, driven in part by the ability to get anything "on-demand".
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