Afterword: Who’s Next?

This book begins with cautionary stories from the silver halide film, newspaper, and mobile phone industries. In each case, disruption started when the market leaders seemed to be at the very top of their games. Change didn’t happen overnight, but when the full force of the disruption became clear, industry leaders were almost powerless to respond. As the pace and scale of change accelerate, these stories will become increasingly frequent. As we put the finishing touches on this book in late 2016, a natural question, then, is, Who’s next? What industries are facing early signs of disruptive change?

Disruptions are often likened to earthquakes. Is it an accurate comparison? Because of sophisticated equipment and detailed ...

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