Competence-enhancing innovations

“some innovations refine and improve existing technological competences and capabilities, whereas other destroy them (Abernathy and Clark, 1985). Tushman and Anderson (1986) label these types “competence-enhancing” and “competence-destroying”, respectively.” (Bergek et al. 2013: 1211)

Bergek, A. Bergren, C., Magnusson, T and Hoday, M. 2013 Technological discontinuities and the challenge for incumbent firms: Destruction, disruption or creative accumulation? Research Policy 42 1210–1224.


Tushman, M., Anderson, P., 1986. Technological discontinuities and organizational
environments. Administrative Science Quarterly 31, 439–465.

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