Disruptive Innovations - Trends to Watch

Disruptive Innovations - Trends to Watch

Highlights by David Willden

What Can We Anticipate in 2013?

  • 3-D printing. 3D Systems (a leading printer manufacturer) has been acquiring several 3D printer firms. With declines in prices, the creation of related software, and the emergence of related materials suggest that 3-D printing is moving closer to becoming mainstream.
  • The Internet of Things. Companies that offer home automation services are surging, costs are decreasing, and the growth of smartphones, tablets, and high-speed broad band is opening new doors.
  • New healthcare business models. Consumers can now access personal care physicians for a low monthly fee. Behavior tracking and modification devices now help with wellness and chronic disease management.
  • Low-cost, online, competency-based universities.

A generation ago, incumbents that struggled to respond to disruptive innovations had an excuse. The pattern that simple, convenient, low-priced solutions would grow from humble beginnings to create and transform industries had not yet been identified. Managers at companies like General Motors, Sears, and Eastman Kodak simply didn’t have the tools to spot and respond to would-be disruptors. Today’s leaders have no excuse. Harvard Professor and Innosight cofounder Clayton Christensen alerted the world to the pattern of disruptive change almost two decades ago. Academics and practitioners have built on Christensen’s work to develop robust frameworks that can help leaders [...]

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Disruptive Innovations - Trends to Watch