American academic, business consultant.
Author of "The Innovator's Dilemma".
Clayton Christensen is one of the most influential business thinkers in the world. He is the current Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University. At the same time, he is also the best-selling author of nine books and more than a hundred articles. The Innovator’s Dilemma, his first book, received the Global Business Book Award (1997). He founded successful consulting firms on business disruptive innovation.
In his conferences he addresses a wide array of topics, going from business success, to reduction of poverty, going through health care reform in the US. Even if his main focus is on business disruption, his expertise allows him to analyze with great success other topics, aiming to building a more equal society and a more effective education system.
Clayton Christensen graduated with an Honors B.A. summa cum laude in economics by BYU, and continued his education in Oxford with a Rhodes Scholarship. Back in the US, he earnt with high distinctions in 1979 an MBA at the Harvard Business School, where he works now. In his first book, The innovator’s Dilemma, he explored the paradox that great companies fail by making the “right” decisions in the “wrong” situations. His book soon became a best-seller, and positioned him as one of the brightest thinkers on business innovation and disruption.
His work is well recognized and applauded from both the general public and academia. In 2011, The Economist named featured his book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, as one of the six most influential books about business ever. His articles are also widely praised, as he is a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award, an annual recognition to the best articles published in the Harvard Business Review. He has also received the Abernathy, Newcomen, James Madison, and Circle Prizes, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Films Festival (2010).
- The Prosperity Paradox: Why are underdeveloped countries not growing as fast and sustainably as foreign aid aims to? Christensen addresses the failures and achievements of foreign aid to assess how it should be undertaken to make it work for everyone involved.
- Innovation: Advice on how to make business disruptiveness effective. Explanations how to change our approach to innovation to make it successful.
- How to change the world by being innovative in class following business principles.
- Health care reform: Hhow to respond to the challenges of the US health system to make it more efficient and accessible.
Co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute (CCI) and the former executive director of its education program.
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore; co-Founder, Third World Centre for Water Management
Minister of Industry, Tourism & Commerce of Spain (2008-2011). Economy expert.
Former Tech Leader at Amazon Web Services and VMware