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Author: Clayton M. Christensen Narrator: L. J. Ganser, Don Leslie Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2001 ISBN: 9781598874365
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His work is cited by the world's best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right—yet still lose market leadership.

Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices.

Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator's Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 2/16/2014

    " Nice concept. Would have made an awesome pamphlet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/14/2014

    " Perfect read for the tech industry on why smart people in smart companies fail to take advantage of disruptive opportunities until it's too late. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 2/10/2014

    " Believe everything you've heard about this book. A great way to understand the barriers and weaknesses to disruptive technologies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nyssa | 1/25/2014

    " Boring at times, but I definitely learned A LOT "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sean | 1/22/2014

    " I expected more from this book. If you want to learn about innovation, read Steve Jobs's biography instead. This book instead highlights the pitfalls of focusing on sustaining technologies rather than disruptive technologies. I don't dispute Christensen's findings, but I wanted him to move me more and I feel little having finished the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/12/2014

    " Interesting perspective on the power of small, nimble teams as opposed to the elephant in the room. Recommend for anyone developing a disruptive technology and anyone that may need to defend against one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saurabh | 12/4/2013

    " Very theoretical sort of stuff. Read some entrepreneur's blog for better insights than reading a old fashioned book like this. Sorry I dropped the book after 20 odd pages and skimming a few more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/26/2013

    " Love the examples they use in this book, especially the Kmart discussion. Really fascinating look into your highest moment actually being your most vulnerable one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matias | 11/1/2013

    " Mind blowing book. Best business book I've ever read. Great for outlining your startup strategy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kav | 9/29/2013

    " Stop takling about this book and read it already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 9/7/2013

    " Solid airport-business reading, but it identifies a fascinating set of dynamics that seem broadly relevant -- why is it that doing what we are supposed to do, we fail to take advantage of important new paradigms until it is too late for us to do so effectively? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francis | 8/15/2013

    " Very nice. It's a shame I didn't read that 10 years ago : this was Christensen's Ph.D. dissertation. It has depth most management best-sellers don't have, plus really specific examples. I'll read it again for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 8/3/2013

    " The book is amazing. It's also very well written. The lessons in this book are timeless. Clearly shows how start-ups can thrive without being crushed by giants. The language using in the book is also very easy to follow. I liked the book and I think it's a must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saeed | 3/17/2013

    " This is a fast-read book that illustrates why many market-leading companies still fail when confronted with disruptive technologies "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricky | 3/6/2013

    " This book just changed my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 2/15/2013

    " A little repetitive, but good points! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deniss | 8/26/2012

    " Very good analysis of why large companies fail. The book depicts very well connections between innovation and organisational structure. It's simply hard to change when you are large and profitable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 7/14/2012

    " A great idea, some decent history. Beyond that it's just annoying business-book patterns (three subheadings per page), no fewer than six mismatched fonts used in the typesetting, and lots of advice for managers of big companies. Deserves the BusinessWeek recommendation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nitin | 6/29/2012

    " This is an excellent book. It is a very robust study of market dynamics and disruptive innovations. When reading the book, it feels like you are reading the handbook for all VC's and Google's business strategy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcel | 5/20/2012

    " The home run everyone says it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/5/2011

    " A classic for understanding the bigger-picture cycles of change in the business world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 9/1/2011

    " One of teh best innovation book ever... a classic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 8/25/2011

    " Partly read in 2010. a little dated and yet the idea of managing disruptive technological change continues to be timely and the rate of disruptive change is getting only faster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 8/3/2011

    " Great insights on what makes really good companies fail in times of technological disruption. I had a lot of insights that were very applicable to my company. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jussi | 6/20/2011

    " a bit wordy, and since i am not a manager but rather an innovator (in the terminology of the book) could have been condensed with about 75% without compression loss - but the author makes his case very persuasively. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dj | 6/6/2011

    " Very interesting. It helps that I'm already interested in the key case studies (computer memory and electric cars) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 4/18/2011

    " An interesting book on the arcs of innovation. It's a bit dated but the concepts are relevant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 3/20/2011

    " Solid airport-business reading, but it identifies a fascinating set of dynamics that seem broadly relevant -- why is it that doing what we are supposed to do, we fail to take advantage of important new paradigms until it is too late for us to do so effectively? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rex | 3/5/2011

    " I have been there. This book nails a fundamental in business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawnkm | 1/22/2011

    " Finally read this book. Christensen does a great job of laying out the organizational structure and management practice needed to cultivate a product that threatens to disrupt the company's core business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collin | 1/3/2011

    " Very nice business classic about the challenges of supporting disrupting innovations. The introduction of the concept of sustaining innovation on the one hand and of disrupting innovation on the other hand alone is worth reading the book for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rodolfo | 12/29/2010

    " My favourite business book. It presents very interesting insights on how to success in the globalized world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nyssa | 11/29/2010

    " Boring at times, but I definitely learned A LOT "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis | 10/23/2010

    " A seminal book on marketing new ideas and breaking away from corporate blinders. The dilemma being that those blinders are what made your current company successful but they are also the blinder that will "blind" it from the threat of a disruptive technology.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 9/23/2010

    " A fascinating study of why successful technologies companies continually fail against smaller more nimble companies. Extremely well researched, and lucid study. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Albert | 9/22/2010

    " classic book on innovation.. The author makes me realize that innovation can sometimes un-effective, innovation must be done at the right time. Any company who believe innovation can only give profit must read this book. "

About the Author

Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the architect of and the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation.

About the Narrators

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles, ranging from preschool books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high school basketball stories.

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.