Shooting Down the Theory of Disruptive Innovation / by Damon Lavrinc

Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation—laid out in his best-selling 1997 book, The Innovator’s Dilemma—has little to no predictive power and is, in fact, a flawed reframing of what we have historically called “progress.” The theory is built on handpicked case studies, specious logic, and assumptions that fail the standards of historical analysis. At best, Lepore seems to be saying, disruptive innovation is mythical; at worst, it’s harmful. And those who accept it as dogma (a common view in startup circles) not only misunderstand business history but also risk getting things very wrong in the future.