In time for tomorrow's Cloud-Based Institutional Critique meeting, I'm posting this selection from Jill Lepore's magnificent New Yorker article "The Disruption Machine." It is one of several readings we'll be discussing.
"Ideas that come from business schools are exceptionally well marketed. Faith in disruption is the best illustration, and the worst case, of a larger historical transformation having to do with secularization, and what happens when the invisible hand replaces the hand of God as explanation and justification. Innovation and disruption are ideals that originated in the arena of business but which have since been applied to arenas whose values and goals are remote from the values and goals business. People aren't disk drives. Public schools, colleges and universities, churches, museums, and many hospitals, all of which have been subjected to disruptive innovation, have revenues and expenses and infrastructures, but they aren't industries in the same way that manufacturers of hard-disk drives or truck engines or drygoods are industries."