Wow! Did the sparks fly when Harvard’s historian, Jill Lepore, took on Harvard’s Business professor, Clayton Christensen. He regularly writes in the Harvard Business Review and she, you may not know, regularly writes in the New Yorker. Just in case you also don’t happen to know, for the past 89 years, The New Yorker, may well be the most respected literary magazine in the world. In an occasionally elitist observation, I periodically comment that you can’t consider yourself an intelligent person unless you read the New York Times, the Economist—and The New Yorker. Feel perfectly free to give me the finger on that comment.
The New Yorker doesn’t usually write about business. But it has no qualms writing about shakers and movers. So Jill Lepore gave us six, small print, three column pages on “The Disruption Machine” and Clayton Christensen.
Still the real issue is not the flying sparks, but the substance of her argument about what “the gospel of innovation gets wrong.” And at that point, we need to pay attention. Seems like everyone agrees with her. And Christensen, backed into his corner, just about agrees too. . . .