The Innovator's Dilemma

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The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

The Innovator’s Dilemma is the revolutionary business book that has completely changed the games in corporate America. This provocative bestseller is based on a radical idea that great companies can fail miserably because they do everything right. It narrates how these companies can do everything perfectly and still lose their market leadership, or worse, disappear altogether. And not only does this book proves this idea, but it also tells how to avoid a similar fate. Focusing on disruptive technology, The Innovator’s Dilemma shows why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. Whether in electronics or retailing, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know when to abandon traditional business practices. Using the lessons of successes and failures from leading companies, The Innovator’s Dilemma presents a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. Sharp, cogent, and provocative, The Innovator’s Dilemma is one of the most talked-about books of all time.

A Wall Street Journal and Businessweek bestseller

Named by Fast Company as one of the most influential leadership books in its Leadership Hall of Fame

“His book, one of the most significant business books of the past 50 years, became a mammoth bestseller, and its title entered the language.” 

Fortune magazine

“Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma is the foundational read for managing disruptive innovation.” 

Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician

“This is an important read, even if you’re at the very early stages of growing a startup.” 

Drew Houston, CEO, Dropbox

“[Clayton Christensen is] one of the most influential business theorists of the last fifty years.”


“The Innovator’s Dilemma achieves a rare feat: It is at once a satisfying intellectual solution to a long-standing business puzzle and a practical guide for executives and investors.”

The Financial Times

“. . . Required reading in Silicon Valley, where it has been championed by the likes of Steve Jobs, George Gilder, and Andy Grove.”


“A seminal book.”

The Huffington Post

“A holy book for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley . . .”

Bloomberg Businessweek

“The notion of ‘disruptive technology’ is one of the timeliest ideas of the Internet age. Coined by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, it’s at the heart of his influential book The Innovator’s Dilemma.”