The Opportunity and Threat of Disruptive Technologies


Program Highlights
  • How to facilitate change rather than fight it.
  • How to recognize opportunities for growth.
  • Why your current customers may be holding you back.

Many of history's greatest growth markets were created by a disruptive technology that enabled a larger population of less skilled people to do things in a more convenient way—things previously done by expensive specialists in centralized settings. But these innovations are often met with resistance from organizations whose processes and values get in the way of succeeding. Dr. Christensen demonstrates that in order to create business in emerging markets, you need appropriate management of technological innovation and the ability to find markets for technologies.

Clayton M. Christensen is a professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Christensen holds an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, and an MBA and a DBA from the Harvard Business School. His book "The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail" won the Global Business Book Award for 1997's best business book.

The Opportunity and Threat of Disruptive Technologies

Clayton Christensen

Professor, Harvard Business School


59 Minutes