In a recently released study, Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen introduces a fundamentally new concept into the world of disruptive innovation: the theory of hybrids. Published by the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (Christensen Institute) – a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank – the study explores how hybrid K12 blended learning programs are transforming how students learn in the classroom. Follow this link to download the study: http://www.christenseninstitute.org/publications/hybrids/.
In “Is K12 Blended Learning Disruptive?” Christensen and co-authors Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker define hybrid innovations within the larger theory of disruptive innovation, a term coined by Christensen in his research on the disk-drive industry in the 1990s and published in his breakthrough book The Innovator’s Dilemma in 1997.
Using a combination of both old and new technologies, hybrids are evident in a number of industries—cars that use both electric power and gasoline; banks that promote branch locations and online services; and retail stores that augment in-person transactions with robust websites.