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Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for a Successful Enterprise

World-Famous Instructors
Disruptive Innovation Explained
Oct 28—Nov 2
6 days
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
USD 15500
USD 2583 per day

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More than 30 years ago, Clayton Christensen introduced a revolutionary concept that forever changed the business world: disruptive innovation. Today, this acclaimed scholar is regarded as the world's foremost authority on the subject, and he brings that expertise directly to the HBS classroom in Disruptive Innovation. In this program, leaders have a rare opportunity to interact with Christensen as he explains the genesis of his transformative theory and its implications for the current business environment. As a participant in the program, you will learn how to drive and harness innovation for organizational growth, competitive advantage, and sustained success.

Key Benefits

  • Examining disruption and strategic decision-making through the lens of Christensen's transformative theory, you will gain a deeper understanding of the levers that can drive organizational growth. With the ability to spot potential threats and opportunities sooner and make the right strategic moves faster, you will be ready to drive innovation and position your organization for long-term success.


Create and sustain a strong position in an evolving industry

  • Analyze how the structure of an industry may change
  • Avoid having your business disrupted by others
  • Achieve differentiation and better margins
  • Assess your company's capabilities
  • Sustain core businesses while enabling innovation
  • Avert common problems that lead companies into decline

Drive innovation

  • Align your organization around innovation initiatives
  • Rethink your product, market and strategy
  • Apply disruptive theories to complex problems and opportunities
  • Build the skills and vision critical to leading change

Make better decisions through strategic analysis and predictive frameworks

  • Adopt a strategic mindset and skillset
  • Apply theories of causality to understand why things happen the way they do
  • Accurately predict the impact of strategic actions
  • Better articulate your strategic questions and goals
  • Assess the risks and opportunities presented by actions such as:
    • Ignoring sunk costs and making decisions at the margin
    • Implementing a strategy of low-cost positioning
    • Scaling fast to take advantage of network effects
    • Outsourcing activities that are not your current core competence
    • Sourcing new leaders from inside the firm

Expand your personal and professional network

  • Extend your network by living and working with accomplished executives from various backgrounds, industries, and countries across the globe
  • Build relationships with a diverse group of peers who can provide wide-ranging insights into your business challenges and career decisions

What You Will Learn

Created and led by Clayton Christensen, this stimulating program offers a rare opportunity to engage in a dynamic learning experience with one of the world's most influential business thinkers. Through presentations by Christensen and his HBS faculty colleagues, carefully chosen case studies, and small-group discussions, you will examine the strategies of both disruptors and the disrupted. You'll discover why some strategies succeeded while others failed, and learn how to apply these insights to your own strategic decisions.

Who should attend

The program is appropriate for senior executives, general managers, or business owners who are responsible for setting strategic direction for their organizations

Attendance by two or more individuals from your organization will foster teamwork and enhance the program's impact


Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School; and is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth. Professor Christensen holds a B.A. with highest honors in economics from Brigham Young University (1975), ...
Chet Huber is a Senior Lecturer, having joined the General Management unit in July, 2011. He teaches Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise in the second year elective curriculum. Prior to joining the Harvard Business School, Chet spent 37 years at General Motors Corporation, initiall...
Mr. Kaufman has been a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School since 2001, teaching in both the MBA program and various Executive Education programs.  He writes, lectures, and consults about board and corporate governance, acquisition strategy and integration, cr...
Willy Shih is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration.  He is part of the Technology and Operations Management Unit, and he teaches in the MBA and Executive Education Programs.  His expertise is in manufacturing and product development, and he has wri...
Derek van Bever is a Senior Lecturer in the General Management Unit. He teaches Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise in the second year elective curriculum. He is also the Director of the Forum for Growth and Innovation, a research project sponsored by Professor Clay Christensen that i...

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Oct 28—Nov 2
6 days
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
USD 15500
USD 2583 per day

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