Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator’s Dilemma
11:38 AM Monday October 24, 2011
by James Allworth | HBR Blog Network
“ In the lead up to today’s release of the Steve Jobs biography, there’s been an increasingstream of news surrounding its subject. As a business researcher, I was particularly interested in this recent article that referenced from his biography a list of Jobs’s favorite books. There’s one business book on this list, and it “deeply influenced” Jobs. That book is The Innovator’s Dilemma by HBS Professor Clay Christensen.
But what’s most interesting to me isn’t that The Innovator’s Dilemma was on that list. It’s that Jobs solved the conundrum. When describing his period of exile from Apple — when John Sculley took over — Steve Jobs described one fundamental root cause of Apple’s problems.
That was to let profitability outweigh passion…. “