We kick off the discussion this week with a conversation about Clayton Christensen and his theory of disruptive innovation. Specifically, we talk about the recent controversy about whether his theory has a monopoly on the use and definition of the term disruption and its application in the technology market, and whether it even works and applies in the consumer technology market specifically. Our second topic is our Question of the Week, in which we discuss Apple’s changing relationship with its resellers. Specifically, Aaron runs us through some of the differences this Thanksgiving shopping season compared with last year. The final topic is the change in leadership at Samsung’s mobile division this past week, and what it might signify for the future of the business. As ever, we finish with our Weekly Pick, which this week is a handful of applications for the new Apple TV.
The SoundCloud player is embedded below, and under that you’ll find the usual collection of relevant links and other information.
We invite listeners to submit questions for subsequent weeks in the comments below, on Twitter (@jandawson, @aaronmiller), or via email (jan at jackdawresearch dot com). We also now have a dedicated Podcast Twitter handle at @BDPcast.
Here are some useful links relating to this week’s episode:
- Clayton Christensen’s update on his Disruptive Innovation theory in the most recent issue of the Harvard Business Review
- A MacWorld article from several years ago about how the Apple sales process worked then.
- An article covering Best Buy’s losses in 2012 from overly discounting the iPhone 5
- MacRumors’ roundup of deals on Apple hardware for Black Friday
- Reuters article about the change of management in Samsung’s mobile business
- Jan’s Weekly Picks were a set of Apple TV apps for families to enjoy: Crossy Road, Beat Sports, League Star Bowling, and Sketch Party TV.
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