Cross-Boundary Disruptors: Powerful Inter-Industry Entrepreneurial Change Agents

Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 1, 2007

Stanford University Graduate School of Business Research Paper No. 1978

38 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2007  

Robert A. Burgelman

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Andrew S. Grove

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Abstract

Based on comparative case studies of Apple Computer-s strategic actions in the music and cellular telephony industries, we develop the concept of cross-boundary disruptor as a new type of entrepreneurial actor in inter-industry strategic dynamics. We document how the confluence of forces that drove the convergence of the music and computing industries gave rise to Apple Computer becoming a defining example of a cross-boundary disruptor to the music industry, and examine Apple's chances to do the same in the cellular telephony industry. Using our preliminary conceptual framework, we further examine what kind of company could become a cross-boundary disruptor in the US health care industry to help overcome its long-standing stasis. We summarize our case study-based findings into a preliminary substantive theory of the cross-boundary disruption phenomenon, and discuss several implications for further strategic entrepreneurship research and for strategic leadership practice.

Keywords: change management, competitive advantage, growth strategy, leadership, organizational change, strategic implementation, strategic planning

Suggested Citation

Burgelman, Robert A. and Grove, Andrew S., Cross-Boundary Disruptors: Powerful Inter-Industry Entrepreneurial Change Agents. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 1, 2007; Stanford University Graduate School of Business Research Paper No. 1978. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1032713

Robert A. Burgelman (Contact Author)

Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )

655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305-5015
United States

Andrew S. Grove

Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )

655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305-5015
United States

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