Clayton M. Christensen
Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation and growth. He is widely sought after as a speaker, advisor and board member. His research has been applied to national economies, start-up and Fortune 50 companies, as well as to early- and late-stage investing. Christensen is the best-selling, award-winning author of five books, including his seminal work “ The Innovator’s Dilemma” (1997) which received the Global Business Book Award for the Best Business Book of the Year in 1997; was a New York Times bestseller; has been translated into more than 10 languages; and is sold in more than 25 countries. Recently, Christensen has focused the lens of disruptive innovation on social issues such as education and health care. “Disrupting Class” (2008) looks at the root causes of why schools struggle and offers solutions while “The Innovator’s Prescription” (2009) examines how to fix our health care system. He also is co-author of “The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out” (2011), which looks at the future of higher education in America; a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award for the Harvard Business Review’s best article; and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010. Christensen is an experienced entrepreneur, having started three successful companies: CPS Technologies, Innosight and Rose Park Advisors. He also is the founder of Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank whose mission is to apply his theories to vexing societal problems such as health care, education and clean energy. He currently serves as a board member at Tata Consulting Services (NSE: TCS), Franklin Covey (NYSE: FC), W.R. Hambrecht, and Vanu Inc. Christensen also serves on Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC).
- Five-time recipient of McKinsey Award, Harvard Business Review’s best article.
- 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, Tribeca Film Festival.
- 2010 James A. Hamilton Book of the Year, American College of Healthcare Executives.
- “Disrupting Class” one of top education books of the decade, Education Next.
- “Disrupting Class” 14th book on Newsweek’s list of Fifty Books for Our Times.
- “Disrupting Class” first among 10 Books that Drive the Debate 2009,” The National Chamber Foundation.
- “The Innovator’s Prescription” Amazon.com’s #1 best-selling book in health policy category, 2009.
- Top Ten Reading Selections for 2009, National Chamber Foundation.
- Top 30 Business Books of 2009, Soundview Executive Book Summaries.
- “Disrupting Class” BusinessWeek’s 10 Best Innovation & Design Books of 2008.
- “Disrupting Class” Best Human Capital Book of 2008, Strategy + Business.
- “The Innovator’s Dilemma” Global Business Book Award, Best Business Book of the Year 1997.