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The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

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A seminal work by bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen.

In his international bestseller The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen exposed this crushing paradox behind the failure of many industry leaders: by placing too much focus on pleasing their most profitable customers, these firms actually paved the way for their own demise by ignoring the disruptive techno
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Harvard Business School Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Oct 21, 2012 Aisha rated it really liked it
It took me a while, but worth finally persevering to the end. This isn't your typical business book, with a few nice aphorisms and over and done with in a couple of hours. No, this is a tightly argued guide to repeated disruptive innovation. And its not easy, in fact, Christensen even admits that he knows of only a handful of businesses that have achieved it, and a large part of their success came from the influence of their founders. The suggestions he makes does, however, suggest an explanatio ...more
Diego Petrucci
Jul 24, 2014 Diego Petrucci rated it really liked it
"Disruption" is one of the most misunderstood terms — it implies not only a technological advancement, but a specific kind of innovation that — while un-interesting at first— is poised to become a real breakthrough.

There are two types of disruptive innovation: ones is low-end disruption (i.e. something that costs less than the main thing and performs worse for a while, until it gets better but still costs less), the other is new-market disruption (i.e. a product whose main consumer is someone th
Sundarraj Kaushik
Mar 02, 2014 Sundarraj Kaushik rated it really liked it
A wonderful follow up book to Innovator's Dilemma from Mr. Christensen. In this book Mr. Christensen gives the entrepreneurs different aspects to be considered when coming up with an innovative solution. He points out how traditional way of working may not be the most suitable and in fact in many situations harmful for developments of innovative disruptive solutions.

The key take away from the books is
1. Start innovating early. Do not wait for the company to reach a stage where it becomes imperat
Michael Burnam-Fink
Jul 05, 2013 Michael Burnam-Fink rated it really liked it
Shelves: innovation, 2013
Where The Innovator's Dilemma was about theory, this is about implementation-a recipe for managers looking to lead successful companies. Christensen admirably tackles the complex problem of guiding a company though times of disruption. There's a lot here, but the essence is that if you want to succeed, start with an idea that is somewhat profitable and go after customers who are under-served, either because no product exists that fits their needs, or they're the least profitable segment of an es ...more
Aug 27, 2008 Rushabh rated it really liked it
I finially finished working my way through this excellent book. I think the Solution is actually better than the Problem - but is not a substitute.

It has excellent lessons, with the usual case studies that is standard Christenson fare. I believe these to be important regardless of your particular situation - may you be a worker bee in a big organization, an entrepreneur trying to figure out how to break into a market or a big company exec trying to figure out how to not get eaten by the dozens o
Peter Choi
Dec 31, 2009 Peter Choi rated it it was amazing
Picked up this book off-hand out of curiosity, but couldn't put it down. Many of the books in this genre are full of fluff, but this one is filled with theory and insight. This evening, I was reading an article on Google moving into the netbook arena next year with its mobile-based Android operating system. Steve Ballmer has repeatedly dismissed the idea of Android/Chrome being any threat to Microsoft Office, but Google is doing exactly what this book warns, positioning itself in a seemingly non ...more
Michael Cestas
Apr 11, 2016 Michael Cestas rated it it was amazing
Solved a dilemma I had.
Mar 05, 2010 Schuyler rated it really liked it
Glenn recommended this to me over dinner before Christmas as the $20 version of one of his favorite classes/professors at HBS. Imagine my delight when I discovered it was available on the Kindle (after getting a Kindle for Christmas this year one of the hardest things initially was deciding what to read on it, since I have a stack of physical books I want to read and I didn't want to repurchase any of those). The book is all about the business of innovation, and is rife with historical examples ...more
Jacques Bezuidenhout
Sep 30, 2016 Jacques Bezuidenhout rated it really liked it
It is not an easy book, I wont lie.
And doing it in Audio format probably made it even harder.

It is written in a very formal style. And although he tries to summarise key points and keep referring back to them, there is just so much information/theory/examples in this book.

You need to be in the type of position in a company where you get exposed to these high level sales/ideas/innovation decisions for this book to probably make any sense.

It really does clarify a lot about why certain things work,
Jan 25, 2012 Tim rated it liked it
A truly thought-provoking business book about how to make innovation work in all companies. However brilliant the content, it is written in a very formal style, and is hard to read.

Details: Back by excellent research and detailed analysis this book explains how some companies succeed with innovation and why some fail. Using case studies the authors delve into what makes companies successfully innovate and comes up with some surprising rules around organizational structure.

However, this is writte
Jul 01, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best business books I have ever read. I read this during undergrad study in Business. I could almost feel the light bulb coming on in my head! Told using easy-to-understand language, it is a must read for those who wish to understand how to compete in today's business environment.
Niniane Wang
Apr 03, 2013 Niniane Wang rated it it was amazing
One of the top 5 business books I've read. Explained a lot of things I noticed about creating and growing software products!
Sep 25, 2007 Anne rated it it was amazing
a very interesting business book about disruption and innovation, including what established firms can do to remain leaders
A lot of good interesting ideas and well founded research. Just a bit over my head
Jaya Krishnan
Jun 18, 2017 Jaya Krishnan rated it it was amazing
Though not amongst the most popular of Clayton Christensen's classics, The Innovator's Solution could certainly be rated over its parent-work - The Innovator's Dilemma - for two reasons: first, it offers an actionable sequence of steps for senior management grappling with disruptive innovation; second, it details all the key concepts and examples laid out in the original work, obviating the need for reading it. For any business to create a new growth opportunity, there exists three distinct rout ...more
Jan 13, 2017 Ime1 rated it really liked it
Blindly copying the best practices of successful companies without the guidance of circumstance-contingent theory is akin to fabricating feathered wings and flapping hard.

Patient for growth impatient for profit.
Mar 24, 2017 Lenna rated it liked it
the book repeats the exact same expression waaaay too many times!
Celeste Chia
Mar 06, 2017 Celeste Chia rated it really liked it
Introduced to me as the only business professor Silicon Valley engineers bother reading. This is a book I will re-read at some point of my career. An interesting host of theories -- some of which contradict a business school education in how we're taught to approach strategy and marketing. However Christensen rightly has his critics, and when it comes to strategy and predictions, one must take it with a pinch of salt. Many cases are context dependent, and wisdom is usually known with hindsight. ...more
Feb 27, 2017 Danielle rated it it was amazing
A rich, satisfying, thought-provoking read. The authors call out seemingly obvious decisions to address competition with a bigger picture theory that tries to explain why decisions which seem to make a lot of sense initially can lead to an unintended tailspin for companies. A call to draw on this theory rather than numbers and the context of why we are still drawn to make those decisions which don't bode well for the long term.
Feb 12, 2016 Kdolan rated it did not like it
I finally got the chance to read this update to the mid 90's best seller Innovator Dilemma.

But this book, like the first, only defines and describes, albeit in excruciating detail, the very self evident business cycle of innovation.

Based on the flawed analysis of Disruption Innovation that has been put forth publicly by others and confirmed by my own experience in the both the hard drive and retail industry, I think it is about time to put forth the idea that Clayton's work is just a hypothesis
NJ Wong
Jan 20, 2016 NJ Wong rated it it was amazing
I just realised when creating this entry that there is a 2nd edition to this 2003 book, which is a follow up to Clayton Christensen's 1997 book "The Innovator's Dilemma". The 2nd edition was published last year, but I have just read the 2003 1st edition. Nevertheless, the 1st edition is truly sterling, even better than the first book (The Innovator's Dilemma) in my opinion. Whereas the Dilemma book posits the interesting and convincing point of view that disruptive technologies can cause problem ...more
Alberto Lopez
Feb 22, 2017 Alberto Lopez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
This is the first book ever I read four times in a row. Enough said!
In my list of the best business books to read:
Chad Kohalyk
Feb 18, 2012 Chad Kohalyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chad by: Horace Dediu
Shelves: audio, working
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I drink your milkshake

Clayton Christensen and Michael Raynor’s The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth was recommended by Horace Dediu on his show The Critical Path. On the show Horace often talks about “Jobs to be Done Theory”, or the idea that customers hire a product to do specific job. It is a very useful way of thinking about products and is fleshed out more in this book. Some other particularly intere
Apr 03, 2016 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
A lot stands out here that I remember. Note: the technique I used to read this was read the book, highlighting and noting things, while also listening to the audio book be read to me. I tried reading this a few years ago and at the time it was either dry or I just wasn't as engaged.

This year reading it was great. Standouts:
- remember people buy products to 'solve jobs they have to do' not because they fit in some demographic bubble in a marketing spreadsheet. don't create segmentation by attribu
Andrew K.
Jun 16, 2012 Andrew K. rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that people in the business world refer to so often that you feel like you know already what it's about -- the structural obstacles that established companies face in being able to deal with discontinuous innovation. Even so, it was worth reading. There is a lot of nuance I didn't realize. The author is very pragmatic about how companies actually work, and how managers are incentivized to succeed through established processes -- the very ones that will choke any new id ...more
Oct 29, 2008 Heidi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: someone who was looking to approach a product, IT, etc a different way
Clay spoke to a large assembled crowd at a Netezza conference held locally in MA. Fast forward to the future... At Oracle Openworld 2008 he was referenced by another well known lecturing body associated with the Gartner Group.
Clay's presentation was an interesting lecture back in 2006/2007. It reminded me of "Freakonomics" which is about looking at the ideas that we assume are based on fact. Such as that guns are more violent than a pool and how we shore up our thinking with our ideas.
Timothy Chklovski
Sep 28, 2014 Timothy Chklovski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, investing, mgmt
Simply terrific.
What would one want in a book like this?
A collection of theories that help make sense of which businesses are likely to face headwinds and tailwinds, grounded in extensive research.
As icing on the intellectual cake, the style of presentation hits the troika of being clear, thorough while still entertaining. In youth, Clayton Christensen aspired to be a Wall Street Journal editor, and the style attests that he took this aspiration seriously.
Each chapter provides a way of looking a
Feb 16, 2010 John rated it really liked it
A very intelligent and approachable book. Even though it was perhaps written more for middle-managers and senior level executives with decision-making power, I felt like I learned something in every chapter, and it has helped me better understand the company and managers I work for. Discussion on theory is backed up by engaging real-life case studies. All-in-all, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in being more innovative or disruptive in business.

It took me forever to finish this
Atif Ali
Sep 12, 2011 Atif Ali rated it it was amazing
I have had Clayton Christensen's , The Innovators Dilemma on the to-read list for more than 6 months now . However just by luck found an opportunity to read Innovators Solution , which actually builds on the former book .

The book provides deep discussion on why some companies are dethroned by new entrants and and why it is so difficult to sustain market leadership and continue growth .

For any one involved in a new business or product development this book provides with thoroughly researched re
Edwin B
Aug 24, 2009 Edwin B rated it liked it
Because I never entered the corporate world, for which I had actually prepared in college, I've belatedly been curious about the theory and practice of business. So I read books like this one, a Harvard Business School sequel to the bestseller, The Innovator's Dilemma. In the fast paced competition to sell products whose life-cycles are becoming shorter and shorter, what's a big corporation to do? How do those latest dizzying array of innovations, such as the smart phones, net books, twitters, h ...more
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Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. He is best known for his study of innovation in commercial enterprises. His first book, The Innovator's Dilemma, articulated his theory of disruptive technology.

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