The Disruptive Voice Podcast
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Southeast Asia is a vibrant and diverse region, home to vast opportunities, particularly for those supporting market-creating innovations. In this episode, Nick Ongkowijaya - an HBS and Innosight alum - shares the story of the new venture studio that he's building in Southeast Asia, called Gradient. Drawing on his experiences - and sharing examples of the work being done there to foster #entrepreneurship and #innovation - Nick presents listeners with a number of great examples of BSSE in action!
In her paper, You Are What You Treat: Transforming The Health Care Business Model So Companies And People Thrive, Ann Somers Hogg provides a compass to guide leaders as they develop transition plans to succeed in a value-based future. The paper – and this conversation, hosted by Ann Christensen – addresses questions surrounding business model transformation in health care. Truly, a sharper focus on foundational business model structures in this space can transform lives!
In this episode of The Disruptive Voice, Dorie Clark discusses a range of topics, including the value of long-term thinking, and why it’s often so challenging; discovering one’s purpose; reorienting to see the bigger picture, and more. The power of making small, strategic changes today can be enormous in terms of impact on future success – it’s all about playing the long game!
In the HBR article, Persuade Your Company To Change Before It's Too Late, Scott, Pontus, and Utsav describe how to break the information-action paradox and gain conviction to act before industry change gets ahead of your organization. In doing so, they draw on the story of KWM, a law firm whose management team had the conviction required to successfully respond to disruptive change. "Heroes don’t act when they're on burning platforms – they avoid ending up on them in the first place!"
Michael and Matt first met over two decades ago, just before the first edition of Expectations Investing was published. In this episode, they discuss the revised edition of the book, along with a number of related topics. From capital markets to metrics; from the ramifications of game theory to consilience; and from disruption as a business model problem to the creation of long-term shareholder value, this thoughtful and engaging conversation is impressive in both its depth and breadth!
In the acknowledgments section of Competing Against Luck, co-author Taddy Hall wrote, "Twenty-four years ago, when I walked into the classroom for the first day of Clay's class, I had no idea of the adventure that was about to begin." In this episode, the adventure continues as Taddy joins host Shaye Roseman to share stories from his time collaborating with Clay; how the Jobs To Be Done framework came to fruition; the relationship between innovation and brands; and so much more!
Prof Scott Kominers & Clifford Maxwell co-authored an HBR article entitled, "What Makes An Online Marketplace Disruptive?" In this episode, they discuss a number of topics relevant to online marketplace disruption, including the creation of entirely new transactions through engagement of non-consumers and/or non-producers; sources of market failure; entrepreneurial opportunities for marketplace design; the disruptive potential of platforms enabled by Web3 and blockchain technologies; and more!
In this episode, Matt provides a master class on harnessing the power of the Jobs To Be Done framework to build and grow a young company. Over the course of his career, Matt has worked with over 100 startups, helping them to draw on insights from Jobs interviews to find product market fit and scale. He discusses the root causes of why most venture-backed startups fail, examples of startups that used their Jobs lessons to disrupt crowded markets and grow immensely, and more!
The challenges faced by senior leaders seeking to transform well-established organizations are well documented. What’s more, roadmaps for tackling these challenges are widely available. Still, incumbent organizations continue to fail at an ever-increasing rate and leaders struggle to take the steps needed to keep their companies thriving. Why? In this episode, Alex and Christian delve into this dilemma of senior leadership and, in doing so, also propose some rather unconventional solutions!
In her role as CEO at Officinae Bio, Christina Nesheva is working to create an inherently innovative organization that pushes the boundaries of nature co-design. In doing so, she draws on her experience having led one of the pharmaceutical industry's first innovation labs, along with her time at GSK. Christina is also a startup mentor and author of The Entrepreneur's BattleBook - and in this episode she reflects on what it takes to drive innovation at both incumbent and startup organizations!
At The Clayton Christensen Institute, Tom Arnett studies instructional models and demand for innovative resources and practices across the K-12 education system. What's his current advice to K-12 schools? Seize this moment! Hosted by Michael Horn, Tom shares valuable insights on what Clay's frameworks can tell us about recent developments in online learning and also how the incorporation of new techniques in K-12 schooling models might evolve as we slowly emerge from the pandemic.
In this episode, Dr. William Hait, Global Head of Johnson & Johnson External Innovation, discusses how J&J is using the principles of disruption to improve the trajectory of healthcare across the globe. Hosted by Josh Suskewicz, they discuss The Innovator's Prescription; disruption in healthcare enabled by the deskilling of complex medical procedures; eliminating disease through prevention, interception, and cure; the importance of anchor assets; and so much more!
Originally released in September of 2016, this episode has us back on the HBS campus, attending a session with Clay for alumni of his BSSE course. Taking questions from the audience, he discusses not only what the BSSE course has set out to achieve, but also the importance of having a common language and way to frame problems, along with what theory has to say about competitive response, mergers and acquisitions, RPPs, anomalies, enabling technologies, measuring one's life, and more!
Back in 2003, Steve Kaufman was the first partner who Clay brought on to teach the BSSE course with him. At the end of June, Steve officially retired from Harvard Business School. As such, Derek van Bever sat down with him on The Disruptive Voice podcast to reflect on his career and time working with Clay, his thoughts on the course, his "Kaufmanisms", the future of management education, and so much more!
In this episode of The Disruptive Voice, Prashant & Sam discuss how Covid-19 is transforming the restaurant industry and, in particular, they shine a light on the rise of dark kitchens. Both draw on Prof Christensen's theories, but Sam considers industry change from the perspective of an entrepreneur who abandoned his brick-and-mortar restaurant in order to adopt a dark kitchen business model, while Prashant offers insights from his vantage point as a Partner at Innosight.
Many will know Ann Christensen as President & CEO of The Christensen Institute. To Clay, she was his oldest daughter, Annie. In this episode, and through the lens of "How Will You Measure Your Life?", Ann reflects on what it was like to grow up in the Christensen house. She also discusses her path from Duke to Mongolia to HBS, along with the story of The Institute. Embodying Clay’s love of learning from “all kinds of kinds”, Ann is carrying on her father’s work, making the world a better place.
HBS alumna Snigdha Sur discusses her entrepreneurial journey at the helm of The Juggernaut, a premier publication and community that publishes smart and well-reported stories about South Asia and South Asians. She reflects on the BSSE theories that helped to inform her path; shares insights on what The Juggernaut's journey has taught her about launching a new venture; considers the future of media; and offers advice to those looking to build and sustain successful enterprises of their own!
Hosted by Michael Horn, Julia builds on: “Opportunity sits at the intersection of what you know and who you know.” They discuss the distinctions between our strong & weak tie networks, innovation in education, the Cadillac vs the KIA of mentoring, and more - including The Christensen Institute's new playbook to support leadership in the implementation of strategies, tools & metrics to improve students’ networks. The disruption story lies in exploiting tech to diversify weak tie networks.
John de Souza discusses his experiences as Co-Founder & President at Ample, a company whose mission is to accelerate the transition to electric mobility through the offering of an energy delivery solution that is as fast, convenient, and cheap as gas. This is done by delivering energy to electric vehicles through modular battery swapping. The swapping stations require no construction, the swapping process is fully automated, and the company's future-proof batteries adapt to any electric vehicle!
In this episode, Innosight's David Duncan, hosted by Scott Anthony, discusses his newly-released book, The Secret Lives of Customers: A Detective Story About Solving the Mystery of Customer Behavior. In this page-turning mystery, Dave addresses the conundrum that though more data than ever before is widely available, most still find it challenging to understand who their customers really are, why they act as they do, and what they really want. Learning to think like a market detective can help!
Efosa Ojomo returns to The Disruptive Voice to discuss his latest research at The Clayton Christensen Institute, where he recently published a report highlighting innovative strategies for creating new markets in emerging economies. This conversation focuses on the findings from the research, demystifying the process of shaping market-creating innovations, along with debunking false narratives and empowering entrepreneurs to launch innovative ventures in emerging markets.
Talenia Phua Gajardo is Founder & CEO of The Artling, an arts consultancy and online gallery focused on highlighting the best of contemporary art and design. In this episode, she discusses steps taken to steer The Artling through choppy coronavirus waters; her thoughts on why people hire art; the importance of trust in this age of e-commerce; how she’s thinking about scaling her organization; the experience of art in-person versus through online platforms; and the future of the arts industry!
Many students of Clay’s will be familiar with the US Steel case, which tells the story of the minimills’ low-end market disruption. In this Disruptive Voice episode, we highlight another great example of a low-end disruptor, Norsk Titanium. The company's CEO, Mike Canario, discusses Norsk’s humble beginnings; the benefits of its innovative & enabling technology, Rapid Plasma Deposition; and how management is looking to the minimill playbook as it charts its course to higher ends of the market!