Finding Your Company's Second Act

Posted: 19 Aug 2018

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Larry Downes

Larry Downes Consulting Group

Paul Nunes

Accenture Institute for High Performance

Date Written: January 1, 2018


As digital technologies increase the occurrence of big bang disruptions across industries, companies old and new find they have less time both to profit from their own disruptor and to unleash the next one. This article describes the drivers of this phenomenon, and offers strategic responses companies are using to sustain constant innovation. It also identifies what the authors call "The Seven Habits of Highly Fragile Enterprises" -- conventional wisdom that has become counter-productive, if not fatal.

Keywords: disruptive innovation, industrial organization, technological change

JEL Classification: D21, D23, D24, D82, D83, L11, L15, L22, L23, O31, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Downes, Larry and Nunes, Paul, Finding Your Company's Second Act (January 1, 2018). Harvard Business Review, Jan, 2018, Available at SSRN:

Larry Downes (Contact Author)

Larry Downes Consulting Group ( email )

245 Willamette Ave
Kensington, CA 94708
United States

Paul Nunes

Accenture Institute for High Performance ( email )

800 Boylston Street
Suite 2300
Boston, MA Massachusetts 02199

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