Disruptive Innovation for Social Change

December 1st, 2006 | RESEARCH

This article explains the concepts of disruptive innovation and catalytic innovation, a subset of disruptive innovation. Disruptive innovations challenge industry incumbents by offering simpler, good-enough alternatives to an underserved group of customers, whereas catalytic innovations can surpass the status quo by providing good-enough solutions to inadequately addressed social problems.


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Clayton Christensen, Author, Harvard University
Heather Baumann, Author, New Profit
Randy Ruggles, Author, Collaborative Innovation Services
Thomas Sadtler, Author, CA

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