Combatting Disruptive Change

Beating Unruly Competition at Their Own Game

  • Ian I. Mitroff

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ian I. Mitroff
    Pages 41-45
  3. Ian I. Mitroff
    Pages 65-79
  4. Ian I. Mitroff
    Pages 81-86
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 87-92

About this book


This book is a critical examination of the main ideas regarding disruptive change and startups. It systematically lays out the full set of challenges and tasks one needs to master in order for existing organizations to weather severe change or make a startup successful. Ian Mitroff outlines the protective actions business leaders must take to ensure their continued existence, providing a clear demonstration of the key roles leaders must assume such as Applied Epistemologist, Applied Ethicist, Applied Systems Thinker, Applied Social Psychologist, and Applied Crisis Manager, and how to perform these roles competently.

Citing cases such as Facebook, Uber, and Airbnb, this book uniquely analyzes the disrupting agent in emerging industries, which is crucial for success in today’s complex and turbulent world. It will be of value to students, academics, and entrepreneurs looking to develop a new product or service.


Risk management crisis management disruptive change startups epistemology ethics organizations stakeholder industry studies management entrepreneurship

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian I. Mitroff
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Catastrophic Risk ManagementHaas School of BusinessBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-60043-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-60044-8
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