Thursday, March 16, 2006

Clayton Christensen - Capturing the Upside

Hi everyone! Today's selection is from the good folks at IT Conversations. In this podcast, Clayton Christensen (of Harvard Business School) speaks about building innovation-driven growth businesses. This podcast was originally published on 17 March 2004 at:

The shownotes for this podcast include:

"Every company needs to grow, and innovation is the ticket to sustainable and profitable growth. What decisions can managers take to increase their probability of successfully building innovation-driven growth businesses? Many are convinced that it is impossible to predict with confidence whether an innovation will succeed, so they feel they need to place a number of bets with the hope that some will be winners. Others believe that the best way to create new growth businesses is to meticulously search for detailed quantitative data to identify opportunities and develop a rigorous plan to attack those opportunities. But many times conclusive data is only available after the game has already been won. Professor Clayton M. Christensen of the Harvard Business School has another way. He suggests using theory. A theory is a statement of what causes what and why. Whether managers know it or not, they are voracious consumers of theory. Every action a manager takes, every plan a manager makes is based on some belief of cause and effect."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

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