"In 1998, high-riding computer maker Digital Equipment met its
demise after being acquired by Compaq Computer.
"Most industry watchers pinned Digital's 'failure' to survive
squarely on its CEO, Robert Palmer, but in another part of
Massachusetts, a Harvard professor had other ideas.
"Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen observed
that Digital's fall wasn't due to weak management. Rather, the
minicomputer industry had crumbled under the weight of the personal
computer--a lower-quality solution once deemed as an insignificant
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