Chapter 2The Technological Enablers of Disruption

Each disruption is composed of three enabling building blocks: a technology, a business model, and a disruptive value network. While Chapter 1 deals with business models, this chapter focuses on the technological enablers that form the backbone of disruptive business models. These technological or methodological enablers allow the basic problems in an industry to be addressed on smaller scale, with lower costs, and with less human skill than historically was needed. These technologies sometimes come from years of work in corporate research and development (R&D) labs. Others are licensed or bought, and, on occasion, technology can be repurposed from an entirely different industry.

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