The concept of disruptive innovation has informed boardroom decisions ever since Clayton M. Christensen introduced it in his now classic 1997 book, The Innovator’s Dilemma. The theory has been guiding discourse on public schools, higher education, health care, and more. Meanwhile, few are questioning the theory’s underlying evidence. In this New Yorker essay, Harvard historian Jill Lepore takes a close look at the origins of the popular theory and provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on one of today’s most widespread yet poorly understood assumptions. Open at source
6 min read · Apr 27th · The world is in the midst of an unprecedented reset
Amid the disruption, pain and loss of 2020, the global pandemic provided a rare window into the future of business as it unfolded in real time.
The scope and speed of change was unprecedented, accelerating digital adaptation by as much as five years in a 12-month period. Disruption ruled, as legacy companies imploded. Everything that could be digitized was, from education and exercise to currency and cars.
Meanwhile, inequality also soared: almost 1 in 8 American adults reported that their household didn’t have enough to eat as 2020 headed toward its close; 9 million U.S. small-business owners fear their companies will close by the end of 2021.
4 min read · 2020-10-05 · In the next 10 years, key technologies will converge to completely disrupt the five foundational sectors—information, energy, food, transportation, and materials—that underpin our global economy. We…