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).

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