Clayton Christensen

  • Harvard Business School

Clayton Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. His research and teaching interests center on managing innovation and creating new growth markets. Clay has founded three companies: CPS Corporation, an advanced materials manufacturing company; Innosight, a consulting and training company focused on problems of strategy, innovation, and growth; and Innosight Capital. He is author or co-author of seven books, including The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997), which received the Global Business Book Award for the best business book published in 1997, and The Innovator’s Solution (2003), both New York Times best sellers. His most recent books include The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care (2008), Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation will Change the Way the World Learns (2008), and The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out, with Henry Eyring (forthcoming 2011). Clay presented “Is the Basic Business Model for Undergraduate Education Breaking or Broken?” at the Forum’s 2009 Aspen Symposium, “Disruptive Innovation and Catalytic Change” at the Forum’s 2007 Aspen Symposium, and “Improving Higher Education Through Disruption,” at the Forum’s 2001 Aspen Symposium. Clay earned his M.Phil from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and earned his M.B.A and D.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.