The Business Influentials Series welcomes Clayton Christensen this November


Regarded as one of the world’s most foremost experts on innovation and growth, Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is widely sought 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 and award-winning author of eight books, and released his newest book in the spring of 2012 – “How Will You Measure Your Life?” (HarperCollins 2012). His seminal work, “The Innovator’s Dilemma” (Harvard Business School Press 1997), 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 more than 10 languages; and is sold in more than 25 countries. Moreover, the book “deeply influenced” Steve Jobs, as reported in Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson.

Christensen has also focused the lens of disruptive innovation on social issues such as education and health care. “Disrupting Class” (McGraw-Hill 2008) looks at the root causes of why schools struggle and offers solutions and “The Innovator’s Prescription” (McGraw-Hill 2009) examines how to fix our health care system, while “The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out” (Jossey-Bass 2011) explores the future of higher education in America.

In “The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators” (Harvard Business School Publishing 2011), he identifies the capabilities demonstrated by the best innovators and explains how to master the skills. Christensen is also a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award for the Harvard Business Review’s best article, including 2010′s award for “How Will You Measure Your Life?” (the same title as his current book) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010, and has also been featured twice (1998 and 2011) as the cover story in Forbes magazine.

Christensen is an experienced entrepreneur, having started three successful companies: CPS Technologies, innovation consulting firm Innosight, and investment firm 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).

Have you been a long time follower of Professor Christensen or only just now discovering his work?