September 2, 2008

Disrupting Class

"Never did success come through a head-on attack against the regulations and network effects that constituted the power of the status quo."
This quote is taken from the new book by Clayton Christensen, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, which he co-wrote with Michael Horn and Curtis Johnson. This quote may be valid in many contexts but Christensen is specifically talking about innovation. I view Christensen, professor at Harvard Business School, as the world's leading expert on innovation. In 1997, he wrote the classic book The Innovator's Dilemma in which he explains the mechanism behind innovations that can disrupt whole industries (for more background on this read my review of The Innovator's Dilemma).
Disrupting Class is again a high class book. Christensen has applied his disruptive innovations theory to the US education sector en presents a crystal clear en compelling vision on what is going on in that sector. In a transparent way he also comes to a prediction of how education will change. Christensen foresees student centric education which is facilitated by online courses. Maybe I'll write more about this book which is a must read for policy makers, consultants and managers in the education sector.


  1. Hi Coert

    as you liked the book, you may also be interested in this podcast that I recently recorded with two of its' authors...

    We discuss the book, and then apply some of its ideas to Higher Education...

  2. Thanks Paul,
    I will check it out
    All the best,


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