The Innovator's New Clothes: Is Disruption a Failed Model?

Clayton Christensen on Oct. 1, 2013, in New York Photograph by Peter Foley/Bloomberg

In a very smart, very critical essay in this week’s New Yorker on the ideas of Clayton Christensen, the Harvard historian Jill Lepore mentions, in passing—and in a context that would take a little while to explain—the disciplinary practices of Harvard’s first teacher, which included “thrashings with a stick of walnut said to have been ‘big enough to have killed a horse.’” That is an apt description of Lepore’s essay itself.

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