Is Cirque du Soleil the iPhone or the Seiko of Circus?

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Rick Mueller
Professor, United States
An article about the Cirque du Soleil I recently read made me wonder whether we should think of Cirque du Soleil as the iPhone or the Seiko of CircusÖ Letís take a look first at the difference between the iPhone and a (Seiko) quartz watch: Given that the quartz watch forced the Swiss to relinquish their dominance in timepieces (fortunately there wasnít anything to keep them from moving into the jewelry market) - one might think of the quartz watch as Disruptive. But while quartz was clearly Disruptive to the Swiss watch industry, was it also Disruptive in the sense conveyed through Christensenís observations? I would submit that with QUARTZ, the basic timekeeping paradigm did not change - quartz simply improved the ability to keep accurate time for those who would be wearing and using a watch anyway. As such, it should not have been too much of a surprise when shortly thereafter cell phones (the old fashioned kind) were able to handily displace the wristwatch from being the domin (...) Read more? Sign up for free

  Ted Nagengast
Management Consultant, United States
 

What Once Was is no Longer

Cirque du Soleil was a disruptive innovation when (...)

  otacilio moreira
CEO, Brazil
 

What Once was Disruptive Innovation no Longer is

I fully agree with Ted. Nowadays it isn't innovati (...)

  Guillermo Aldunate
CxO / Board, Chile
 

Cirque du Soleil Resembles Seiko

@Ted Nagengast: concise and clear, Ted says it all (...)

  Uche Ugorji
Manager, Nigeria
 

Fresh and Innovative

Well, I beg to differ a little bit. The circus isn (...)

  Germaine Salvador
Professor, Philippines
 

Cirque du Soleil was a Disruptive Innovation

Cirque du Soleil was a disruptive innovation, so w (...)

  Miguel Fernandes
Manager
 

Cirque du Soleil not Disruptive

I guess disruptive innovation, by definition, has (...)

 

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