Background Note | HBS Case Collection | August 1997 (Revised March 2008)

Trends in the United States Steel Market,1980-1996

by Clayton M. Christensen and Bret J. Baird


Provides a brief background on the history and structure of the steel industry in the United States. Focuses in some depth on the technological changes that have been difficult for the leading steel companies to implement. Shows that they stumbled when confronted with sustaining technologies, but may be destroyed by disruptive ones.

Keywords: History; Technology; Trends; Steel Industry; United States;


Christensen, Clayton M., and Bret J. Baird. "Trends in the United States Steel Market,1980-1996." Harvard Business School Background Note 698-018, August 1997. (Revised March 2008.)