Disruptive Technologies & the Innovator's Dilemma


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A disruptive technology that could be a threat to your business if you don't take advantage of it. Which is NOT a facet of a potentially threatening disruptive technology?

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1. Why would a small company be interested in utilizing a disruptive technology?


When evaluating a disruptive technology, you might discover that it has some obstacles to overcome, such as _____.

I. social obstacles

II. financial obstacles

III. legal obstacles

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you know about the theory of the innovator's dilemma and disruptive technologies. Answer these multiple-choice questions on key subject areas like an example(s) of a disruptive technology and a disruptive technology that's most likely to be a threat.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These topics will be addressed on the quiz/worksheet:

  • Obstacle(s) of a disruptive technology
  • Basic description of the innovator's dilemma
  • Company that took advantage of the innovator's dilemma to beat out Borders in the marketplace

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a disruptive technology that's most likely to pose a threat and an obstacle/obstacles that disruptive technologies face
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the innovator's dilemma and how it's connected to disruptive technology
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the company that took advantage of the innovator's dilemma in the 1990s to beat out Borders in the competition

Additional Learning

Feel free to learn more about the ways in which small and large companies compete by reviewing the lesson entitled Disruptive Technologies & the Innovator's Dilemma. Here are some of the main points to consider:

  • Companies that have used the innovator's dilemma to their advantage
  • Management decisions that consider disruptive technologies
  • Ways of making sense of these technologies in order to remain successful