By Eric Wearne
Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Harvard University Professor Clayton M. Christensen argues in his book Disrupting Class
that the best and most long-lasting changes in any market tend to come from new entrants, rather than established players.
Christensen argues that, in any field, new entrants gain a foothold into the market by taking on simple or unwanted tasks, often providing them at lower quality than existing players. Then, after a time, quality, accessibility, and/or convenience increase, providing the new entrants an advantage and changing the market as a whole.
Christensen’s idea is currently being put to the test in online education, and two organizations are poised to represent major changes in the…