Bibliography of Christensen’s “Disruptive Technology” on Libraries and Higher Education

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Over the course of 2005 I’ve become more attuned with Clayton Christensen’s model of Disruptive Technology and how it explains events shaping academic libraries (and other types of libraries, for that matter) and higher education in general. Below is the bibliography I’ve collected on this topic
to this point.
If you’re just starting in this area, I’d recommend a top-down reading. (Unless you want to start with the 2-hour audio book version of Christensen’s first work. That is how I started and I found it to be a remarkably gentle yet powerful introduction to his concepts.)

If you find anything else along these lines, please let me know — I’d
like to keep growing this bibliography.

Lafferty, Susana; Edwards, Jenny. Disruptive technologies: what future universities and their libraries? Library Management 25(6-7): 252-258. 2004. Available online through OhioLINK’s link resolver.
Sustaining and Disruptive technologies from a higher-education
holistic view as well as academic libraries.

Lewis, David W. “The Innovator’s Dilemma”: Disruptive Change and Academic Libraries. Library Administration & Management 18(2):68-74. Spring 2004. Available online at
Focused on academic libraries.

Christensen, Clayton. Improving Higher Education through Disruption. Forum Futures 2002. Available online at
In Christensen’s own words — take care if forwarding this to deans
of business schools.

Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator’s Dilemma. HarperBusiness Essentials (1998, 2000). ISBN: 0060521996.

Christensen, Clayton M. and Michael E. Raynor. The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth. Harvard Business School Press (September 2003). ISBN: 1578518520.

Christensen, Clayton M., Scott D. Anthony, and Erik A. Roth. Seeing What’s Next : Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change. Harvard Business School Press (2004). ISBN: 1591391857.

Christensen CM, Cook S, Hall T. Marketing malpractice – The cause and the cure. Harvard Business Review 83(12): 74-83. Dec 2005. Available online through the OhioLINK link resolver.

Anderson, Kent R. From Paper to Electron: How an STM Journal Can Survive the Disruptive Technology of the Internet. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 7(3): 234-245. May-Jun 2000. Available online at

(This post was updated on 20-May-2014.)