Disruptive Innovation vs Radical Innovation: What’s the Difference?

Comparing disruptive innovation to radical innovation by showing the difference between the term disruptive and radical

Innovation can be classified into two main types: disruptive innovation and radical innovation. Disruptive innovation is an idea that improves upon an existing market by exceeding the needs of a customer base, eventually displacing the old market. Radical innovation destroys the current market and value network, creating an entirely new one.



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Phil McKinney

// Author of Beyond The Obvious // Host of Killer Innovations podcast // Pres & CEO of CableLabs // Retired HP CTO // All opinions are mine //