I’ve really enjoyed reading Clayton Christensen’s books on disruptive innovation, especially “Disrupting Class” in which he explored the forces that may well bring big changes in the field of education;
What is key to understand is that disruption doesn’t happen to bad companies or systems particularly. Rather, it’s a product of the fact that there are built in reasons why success breeds a mindset and a tendency to look only at incrementalism and ‘safe’ innovation. Major changes/ innovations aren’t seen as a big threat – until it’s too late.
I’ve recently come across this great short animated video that explains the concept really well:
12 Manage – Video – Disruptive Innovation
(Click on the link to open the page and view the video)