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Week 5 - Operationalizing the Strategy - Complete

Readings "Innovators Solution" Chapter 5 and 6 -  Notes Lecture Notes   Audio Executing the market strategy for disruptive innovation - each company has to fit the best strategy for them  - the more you can fit the easier it is going to be to implement - much easier to predict what will happen rather than when it will happen Don't assume you're making a decision forever - markets will change so be ready to change The internet is a disruptive system because in the knowledge economy it will change design systems in profound ways need to transform the way humans interact with technology by making it more appealing to them Amazing opportunity because  the world is full of systems that could be designed better Playing by different rules in the marketplace - Which activities should a new growth venture do internally in order to be as successful as possible as fast as possible, and which should it outsource to a supplier or partner?  - Will succ

Week 4 - Strategy Formulation - Key Internal Factors - Complete

Readings "Innovators Solution" Chapter 3 and 4 - Notes Clay Christensen. "Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change" A great manager - identifies the right person for the right job - trains employees to succeed at the jobs they're given. Can't just assess people Must assess abilities and disabilities of the organization Organizations facing major change may destroy what sustains them by making drastic adjustments - must understand what types of change they are capable of handling How to recognize core capabilities - resources  - tangible - people, equipment, technologies, and cash  - intangible - product designs, information, brands, and relationships with suppliers, distributors, and customers - processes   - patterns of interaction, coordination, communication, and decision making   - formal - explicitly defined and documented   - informal - routines, evolve over time - values  - standard by which employees set priorities

Week 3 - Strategy Formulation, The Internet and The Web as a Major Disruptive Force - Complete

Strategy formulation - the internet and the web as major disruptive forces Coming up with the IBM internet strategy The future of the internet Readings Gary Hamel "Waking Up IBM" Harvard Business Review 78 (2000): 137 1994 Lou Gerstner's first full year as CEO - previous three years showed $15 billion in losses and market cap had plummeted significantly. The next six years transformed the company from production to service provider. Because the new technology - Internet. David Grossman - shocked IBM was still using mainframe terminals, instead of UNIX and the Internet. Responsible for demoing the Internet to  Irving Wladawsky-Berger (the professor of this class) and John Patrick (guest lecturer, see below) head of marketing for the ThinkPad laptop. David Singer joins Patrick in building a primitive corporate intranet. Patrick publishes "Get Connected" extolling the way IBM could leverage the Web - Replace paper communications with email - Giv