The Myth and the Millennialism of "Disruptive Innovation"

Audrey Watters, Universities Canada, May 26, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Audrey Watters analyzes and deconstructs Clayton Christensen's myth of "disruptive innovation," showing how it appeals to the apocalyptic sense of change - "Doom. Suffering. Change. Then paradise." And "no doubt (as a Harvard professor) Christensen has faced very little skepticism or criticism about his theory about the transformation of industries." She questions the premise and challenges the "unassailably true" part of the myth. But you have to read all the way to the end (and do take the time to do so, the article is well-worthwhile) to see the other shoe drop: "The Clayton Christensen Institute does not just offer models -- business models -- for the future... It has actively lobbied governments for certain aspects of its agenda (its mythology?)... (and) is a member of ALEC, for example, a corporate lobbying organization whose education initiatives include writing and pushing for legislation that enables the outsourcing of education to for-profit, online education providers."

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