Clayton Christensen

Clayton Christensen

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Topics

  • Managing Innovation
  • Building a Sustainably Successful Enterprise
  • Management of Technology
  • The Opportunity and Threat of Disruptive Technologies

What he offers

Prof. Christensen’s research and teaching interests centre on the management issues related to the development and commercialisation of technological and business model innovation. He provides business leaders with tools and insights for managing innovation gleaned from his experience.

How he presents

Comprehensive in his vision, astute in his diagnosis and clear in his guidance Prof. Christensen’s presentations are invaluable for business leaders around the world.

Clayton M. Christensen is the architect of and the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation, a framework which describes the process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves ‘up market’, eventually displacing established competitors. He is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Consistently acknowledged in rankings and surveys as one of the world’s leading thinkers on innovation, Christensen 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. A 2011 cover story in Forbes magazine noted that ‘’Everyday business leaders call him or make the pilgrimage to his office in Boston, Mass. to get advice or thank him for his ideas”.

Prior to his academic career, Clayton worked as a management consultant with BCG in their Boston office and helped co-found Ceramics Process Systems, a Massachusetts-based advanced materials company. He has subsequently helped establish many other successful enterprises, including the innovation consulting firm Innosight, the public policy think tank Innosight Institute, and the boutique investment firm Rose Park Advisors. Prof. Christensen holds a B.A. with highest honours in economics from Brigham Young University. He received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School.

His first book, The Innovator’s Dilemma received the Global Business Book Award as the best business book of the year (1997); and in 2011 The Economist named it as one of the six most important books about business ever written. His other articles and books have received the Abernathy, Newcomen, James Madison, and Circle Prizes. Clay is a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award, given each year to the two best articles published in the Harvard Business Review; and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Films Festival (2010).

Publications:

  • How Will You Measure Your Life? (2012)
  • The Innovator’s DNA (2011)
  • The Innovator’s Prescription (2009)
  • Disrupting Class (2008)
  • Seeing What’s Next (2004)
  • The Innovator’s Solution (2003)
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997)

Awards:

  • 2015 Brigham Young University Distinguished Service Award
  • Winner of a 2015 Edison Achievement Award for contributions to the world of innovation
  • 2014 Herbert Simon Award
  • In both 2011 and 2013 he was ranked #1 in the Thinkers 50
  • Christensen received an Extraordinary Teaching Award by the MBA class of 2010
  • His book The Innovator’s Prescription was also awarded the 2010 James A. Hamilton Award, by the College of Healthcare Executives
  • He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Films Festival (2010)
  • His first book, The Innovator’s Dilemma received the Global Business Book Award
  • Clay is a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award, given each year to the two best articles published in the Harvard Business Review
  • Newcomen Society’s award for the best paper in business history in 1993
  • Production and Operations Management Society’s 1991 William Abernathy Award, presented to the author of the best paper in the management of technology
  • Best Dissertation Award – The Institute of Management Sciences for his doctoral thesis on technology development in the disk drive industry

Presentation Languages: English

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