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A framework for disruptive innovation

Faisal Rasool (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand)
Pisut Koomsap (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand)
Bilal Afsar (Department of Management Sciences. Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan)
Babrak Ali Panezai (Faculty of Management Sciences, Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences, Quetta, Pakistan)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 2 July 2018

Issue publication date: 20 August 2018




Disruptive innovations have the potential to fundamentally change how businesses operate. This study aims to propose a five-step framework to help firms develop disruptive innovations and to offer a scale for evaluating their disruptive potential. This scale can also be applied to identify the disruptive potential of innovations introduced to the market by competitors.


The framework was designed on the basis of criteria chosen to identify the disruptive potential of innovations at early stages of development based on a theoretical understanding of disruptive innovation, its challenges and holistic consideration of innovation as a dynamic process. It consists of steps that could serve as a reference model during the process of developing innovations with disruptive potential. A case study is discussed in detail to demonstrate the applicability of the framework.


A simple yet comprehensive assessment framework for disruptive innovation has been developed, which can help develop innovations with disruptive potential in existing settings of incumbent firm. A case study of the Wii demonstrates that Nintendo could have planned its disruptive product using the proposed framework.


Most research works in this area have focused on difficulties experienced by firms facing disruption and failed to highlight its opportunities; this study argues that firms can intentionally create disruptive innovations. The results of this study offer firms a tool that facilitates a proactive approach, helping develop new disruptive innovations and identify those from competitors.



Rasool, F., Koomsap, P., Afsar, B. and Panezai, B.A. (2018), "A framework for disruptive innovation", Foresight, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 252-270.



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