There was a time, when someone mentioned (or wailed about) a "business disruption," it either referred to a labor strike or a server shutdown.

Today, "disruptive" has taken on a whole new meaning in the corporate vernacular. It's something that's a game-changer, and if your business doesn't adapt or adopt it, the change could be going out of business — a phrase that still means what it meant back in the day.

A survey by KPMG reveals a fair amount about how large corporations view disruptors. Three-quarters of those in the survey say disruptors will be an ongoing part of the corporate experience. Yet only 17 percent agreed that their employers were positioned to withstand or benefit from a major disruption.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.