Current Events Through The Lens of Theory
Clayton Christensen, innovation, growth, disruption, business, management, and life.
"Was Quibi a great idea that went bad because the conditions under which people might consume this particular service are less prevalent now (due to the pandemic)? Or was there something more fundamentally challenged with their approach? As we reviewed this as a current event in class, it covered an incredibly interesting range of our frameworks in BSSE." - Chet Huber, in this newly-released Current Events Through The Lens of Theory video.
In our first-ever Zoom-based Current Events video, Derek van Bever shares insights from a recent BSSE class discussion centered on the question: If you were leading an organization in this time of great crisis and change, which of the frameworks from the course would you find useful as you were thinking through your strategy and your leadership plan of action? #Coronavirus #TheoryInAction
"We observe that most acquisitions fail because managers have not thought through two basic questions - 1) What am I buying? AND 2) How should I integrate this new company into my operations (and, in fact, should I integrate this company)?" - Derek van Bever #CurrentEvents #ThroughTheLensOfTheory #MergersAndAcquisitions #LBMandRBM #CompaniesDoingItRight #PetSmart #Chewy
Through the lens of Disruptive Innovation, Harvard Business School's Chet Huber discusses Apple's recent announcements to enhance the capabilities of the new iPhone. While Apple continues to move up market, will its size and interdependent architecture present challenges to innovation? And can Apple protect itself against market disruption?
Harvard Business School BSSE professor Willy Shih considers U.S. Steel's major investment to upgrade the Mon Valley steel-making complex, both from a historical point of view and in the context of the country's current steel industry landscape!
"There's not a whole lot of functional role to owning a Ferrari…it's really the social and emotional sides of owning a Ferrari that make it worth what it’s worth to most of the people who are buying it." Chet Huber considers #CurrentEvents #ThroughTheLensOfTheory --> Ferrari SUV: Pain Before Gain?
Can IBM defy gravity? Second year HBS student Michael Thomas uses BSSE theories to discuss IBM's acquisition of Red Hat. Theory shows that reinvented business models (RBMs) create more growth potential - but what might hinder IBM from effectively deploying the model?
"Disruption confers unusual benefits in terms of growth trajectory and competitive positioning. For that reason, it's relatively rare and extremely valuable. Most of the things the world calls disruptive might not be, and as managers, investors, or advisers to business, we need to understand this term with some precision." - Disruptive Innovation and Katerra, with Derek van Bever #BSSEandtheNews #TheoryInAction
"What Samsung is trying to do is disruptive to their own business model but not at all disruptive to the folks that are already competing." - Chet Huber, considering the The Wall Street Journal article "Samsung Joins Race to the Bottom for Global Smartphone Prices" #BSSEandtheNews
"My personal view is that rather than fighting the big car manufacturers, they (Tesla) ought to sell their attempt to build cars and concentrate on the batteries, which I believe will be the next level of performance differentiation, and try to sell their batteries to all electric vehicle manufacturers." - Prof Stephen Kaufman, thinking about Tesla.
"I can only imagine walking through those aisles with my son – he would have a blast but it would be a nightmare for me! It's so much easier to just google the top 5 age appropriate toys and then go on Amazon and buy one for his age group." #JTBD