Disruptive Innovation: A Flawed Idea? Executives say they want disruptive innovation, but what they really crave is “managed evolution”

Disruptive Innovation: A Flawed Idea?

Executives say they want disruptive innovation, but what they really crave is “managed evolution,” says John Parkinson.

John Parkinson, Contributor

July 10, 2014 | | US

I collect useful and illustrative quotes from famous people. Two of my favorites are from George Bernard Shaw (an Irish author and playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics): “Those who can’t change their minds can’t change anything” and “Progress is not made by reasonable men.” I have always liked the implications of his attitude, reminding us that we need to remain flexible and open to new ideas, however “unreasonable” they may at first seem.

Which brings me to the topic of disruptive innovation. …

I do so love an intramural academic spat, especially in areas where there is little actual “science” underlying the debate. Even better when conventional “wisdom” (much of which is akin to folklore, without rigorous foundation or supporting evidence) is challenged on the merits, and the reputation of an academic icon is called (justifiably or otherwise) into question.

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