The end of disruption? Your company is not a family, Email volumes rising, Interaction for innovation

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Without any doubt, the story of the week was Jill Lepore’s take on Disruptive Innovation in the New Yorker (The disruption machine: What the gospel of innovation gets wrong). The article is a massive takedown of Clayton Christensen’s theory of Disruptive Innovation by a fellow professor at Harvard. Partially, it’s an argument against the overuse “disruption” as a management buzzword. But mainly, it argues that Christensen cherry picked examples and the theory has generally failed to be predictive.

This piece is causing a huge stir in academic and management circles alike:

There was also some great writing and research on a range of other topics. Here’s what I think is worth reading:

For all the PR from collaboration vendors, email volumes continue to explode. A topic that’s close to my heart through our work at Intrascope – A Company Without Email? Not So Fast (WSJ)

A scientific investigation of collaboration shows that only the strongest working relationships have an effect on performance – The Strength of the Strongest Ties in Collaborative Problem Solving (Nature)

Innovation happens when people literally cross paths more often – Innovation: Disperse or Congregate? (Information Week)

Describing your organisation as a family is deeply flawed – here’s why – Your Company Is Not a Family (Blogs @HBR)

Education, retention and culture, how Bank of America and Intel are driving diversity – How to build a diverse workforce: lessons for Google and LinkedIn (The Guardian)

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