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Disruptive Innovation

If It’s Great But Not Disruptive, It’s a Breakthrough

By Bill Weber and Kevin Arne

If you read this blog regularly, you know what iP2Biz does, and the very short story is this: our fixed-price engagements help big companies innovate without changing who they are as an organization.  We will never recommend that a client reorganize their business units, reengineer their culture or install new processes.  We don’t “consult;” we get stuff done.

But now I’ve used the word “innovate.”  You know what’s coming next, right?  Of course you do: disruption.  Everybody with a business or an idea for a business is talking about it all the time. “We’re going to disrupt this,” and “We’re going to disrupt that.”  But we know with a high degree of certainty that they won’t because—as we pointed out in this earlier post—you can’t engineer disruption.  So why is everybody going on about disruption all the time? Continue reading “If It’s Great But Not Disruptive, It’s a Breakthrough” »

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You Can’t Engineer Disruption

By Bill Weber and Kevin Arne

In a recent blog post, titled The Fallacy of ‘Disruptive Innovation’” on The Wall Street Journal’s website, Karl Ulrich, vice dean of innovation at Wharton, decried the improper use of the term ‘disruptive innovation’ as a buzzword for entrepreneurs.

He’s absolutely right: disruptive innovation is rare, but everyone claims they are in the midst of making it happen.  Why the disconnect?  Are entrepreneurs simply spouting buzzwords to attract investors, or do they have a fundamental misunderstanding of disruption?  We think the latter, and here’s why . . .  Continue reading “You Can’t Engineer Disruption” »

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