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The Disruption Dilemma

Joshua Gans


When successful and well-managed firms fail, we call this disruption. In the almost two decades since Clay Christensen’s famous treatise mapping this phenomenon, such failure has continued, with companies such as Encyclopedia Britannica, Blockbuster, Nokia, and RIM all falling hard from positions of seemingly unassailable dominance. In each case, they either did not or could not respond to disruptive events that allowed new entrants to capture their markets. At the same time, however, other major firms have had sustained success, shielded from what could have been dominance-ending disruptive e ... More

Keywords: Disruption, creative destruction, independence, integration, management, existential threat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034487
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034487.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Gans, author