It’s Not Too Late to Stave Off Disruption


When should incumbents be afraid — very afraid? At the moment that a disruptive innovation crosses into the mainstream market and establishes itself as a viable competitor, the third stage in a disruptive innovation’s life cycle. You might think a response at this late phase would be too late — but there are still ways incumbent firms can preserve their advantage. To illustrate how, let’s look at four disruptions that are close to crossing over and ask how they can be dealt with.

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The Inevitable Disruption of Television


It’s easy to get caught up in the magic of Hollywood. I often find myself immersed in the perfect pacing of a well-constructed mystery, the flawless delivery of that once-in-a-lifetime monologue, the scale and grandeur of the next big blockbuster — I get so caught up in all of it, sometimes I forget that I generally go there to tell companies their businesses are in trouble. Last week was one of those times. By the time I boarded the plane back to Boston, somehow I’d been convinced that the television industry was safe from destruction — luckily, it only lasted about 10 minutes… then I regained my sanity.

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