Teaching Note | HBS Case Collection | April 1999

Dimensions of Technology Strategy: Managing Innovation: Overview Teaching Note for Module 5

by Clayton M. Christensen

Abstract

Provides instructors with an overview teaching note for the technology strategy module of the course. The cases in the module give students insights about several issues in technology strategy. These include: 1) Whether to be a technological leader or follower; 2) Whether to seek improvement through breakthrough technology or incremental, steady improvement to established technology; 3) Whether to outsource development or create internal capability, and 4) How to capture returns from investments in research.

Keywords: Investment; Investment Return; Innovation and Management; Job Cuts and Outsourcing; Managerial Roles; Performance Improvement; Problems and Challenges; Research; Strategy; Technology;

Citation:

Christensen, Clayton M. "Dimensions of Technology Strategy: Managing Innovation: Overview Teaching Note for Module 5." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 699-166, April 1999.