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Clayton Christensen

speaker location icon Belmont, USA

World's foremost leader in disruptive innovation

Best-selling Author, "The Inventor's Dilemma" (1997)

Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Clayton 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. His research has been applied to national economies, start-up and Fortune 50 companies, as well as to early and late stage investing.

His seminal book “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail” (1997), which first outlined his disruptive innovation frameworks, received the Global Business Book Award for the Best Business Book of the Year in 1997, was a New York Times best-seller, has been translated into over 10 languages, and is sold in over 25 countries. He is also a four-time recipient of the McKinsey Award for the Harvard Business Reviews’s best article and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010.

Clayton Christensen has recently focused his innovation lens on two of our most vexing social issues, education and health care. “Disrupting Class” (2008), which looks at the root causes of why schools struggle and offers solutions, was named one of the “10 Best Innovation and Design Books in 2008” by BusinessWeek and the best “Human Capital Book of the Year” in the Strategy and Business Best Books of 2008. “The Innovator’s Prescription” (2009) examines how to fix the problems facing healthcare. So as to further examine and apply his frameworks to the social sector, Clayton Christensen founded the Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank, in 2008.

Clayton Christensen is currently the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. An advisor to numerous countries and companies, including the government of Singapore, he is also a board member at India’s Tata Consultancy Services (NYSE: TCS), Franklin Covey (NYSE: FC), W.R. Hambrecht, and Vanu. Clayton Christensen also applies his frameworks via management consultancy Innosight which he co-founded in 2000, and Rose Park Advisors, an investment firm he founded in 2007.

Our Comment

"Clay is a leader in disruptive innovation, having spent much of his life learning the ways in which this changes business. Consistently acknowledged in rankings and surveys as one of the world’s leading thinkers on innovation, Clayton is widely sought after as a speaker, advisor and board member."

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