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International Perspectives on Business Innovation and Disruption in the Creative Industries

International Perspectives on Business Innovation and Disruption in the Creative Industries

Film, Video and Photography

Edited by Robert DeFillippi and Patrik Wikström

This volume examines how disruptive innovations are reshaping industry boundaries and challenging conventional business models and practices in the industries for film, video and photography. The thirteen chapters provide a rich and diverse account of these processes from a wide range of country contexts. The book fills the gap between the study of disruption by innovation scholars in business schools and the recognition of disruption by academics and practitioners from non-business school disciplines and contexts, including the broader social sciences.

Chapter 8: The creative destruction of the United States’ Audio-Visual Media Ecosystem

Sergio Sparviero

Subjects: business and management, knowledge management, organisational innovation, innovation and technology, knowledge management, organisational innovation


The arguments presented in this chapter illustrate that disruption is a feature affecting the United States’ Audio-Visual Media Ecosystem (AVME), defined as the interrelated activities that generate, distribute and deliver audio-visual content to end users. In particular, these arguments maintain that institutional innovations have played an important role in forcing incumbent stakeholders to adapt and formulate new business strategies that marked a departure from the past. In order to explain this viewpoint, the history of the AVME in the United States is divided into three phases, each characterized by a particular business logic and initiated by disruptive institutional changes.

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