There’s been a lot of static around the concept of disruptive innovation this week, based on a well written critique of Clayton Christensen’s original work by Jill Lepore at the New Yorker. David Smith discusses the issue in his most recent blog and I think one of the key ideas he presents here is that the concept is useful as an instructional tool. I agree with Jill Lepore that Christensen’s work is weak as a theory, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not useful as a framework for examining competition in an environment of increased and accelerating innovation. David’s point about the value of narratives is spot on in this respect and is worth remembering if you are reading the debate on the validity of Christensen’s work this week.

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