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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group: Disruptive Innovation is Disrupted

January 18th, 2015 by

As Harvard English Professor and the New Yorker staff writer, Jill Lepore wrote: “Ever since [the publication of the book] ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma,’ everyone is either disrupting or being disrupted. There are disruption consultants, disruption conferences, and disruption seminars.” Disruptive innovations seem to be everywhere. But this time, Professor Lepore is disrupting the theory of disruptive innovation! Her New Yorker article last summer generated a heated debate, including fierce rebuttals from the father of disruptive innovation, Clayton M. Christensen, another Harvard professor and the No. 1 management thinker in the world.

Would you like to know more about disruptive innovation, the problems with it, and what it means to you? Please join us on Monday, January 26, 2-3 pm, in HBK 2116, at the inaugural meeting of the iSchool Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group. Light, healthy refreshments will be provided.

The iSchool Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group ( aims to disseminate and advance knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship.  In Spring 2015, we meet on Mondays, 2-3 pm to discuss classic and new articles on key issues in innovation and entrepreneurship, in conjunction with INST 621: Managing Digital Innovations in Organizations. All members (students, staff, and faculty) of the iSchool community and beyond are welcome to attend any session. This group is sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) and led by me (

On January 26, we will discuss the following article:

Lepore, J. “The Disruption Machine,” New Yorker (June 23), 2014, pp. 30-36. Available at

This article is a critique of the book:

Christensen, C. M. The Innovator’s Dilemma, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, 1997.

The full schedule is available here.