A reflective review of disruptive innovation theory
Publication Year: 2010
Journal: International Journal of Management Reviews
Disruptive InnovationTheory has created a signiﬁcant impact on management practices and aroused plenty of rich debate within academia. Copious as the studies are, the scattered and conﬂicting nature of the literature on disruptive innovation in the last decade may pose a state of ambiguity for future research, thus necessitating a comprehensive review at this juncture.This paper ﬁrst clariﬁes the basic concept and potential misinterpretations of the theory. Believing in the predictive value of the theory on ﬁrm performance, the authors then summarize and critique the research on how to enable potential disruptive innovation from internal, external, marketing and technology perspectives. The different perspectives inspired the authors to identify a number of key research directions within the disruptive innovation research domain. Potential future research is also brieﬂy discussed by integrating disruptive innovation with other research domains, such as open innovation. Finally, in addition to theoretical contributions, the authors make practical contributions by outlining a series of potential inhibitors and enablers of disruptive innovation as managerial ‘take-aways’.