Clayton M. Christensen

Clayton M. Christensen

Clayton M. Christensen

Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is regarded as one of the world's experts on innovation and growth.

Professor Christensen holds a BA with highest honors in economics from Brigham Young University (1975) and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University (1977), where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an MBA, with high distinction, from HBS in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. He received his DBA from HBS in 1992, and joined the faculty there the same year.

Professor Christensen has served as a director of many companies, and has advised executives of major corporations. An experienced entrepreneur, he has started four successful companies. In 1984, he and three MIT professors founded CPS Technologies, which has become a leading developer and manufacturer of products from high-technology materials. Professor Christensen also founded Innosight, a consulting firm that helps companies create new-growth businesses; Rose Park Advisors, a firm that identifies and invests in disruptive companies; and Innosight Institute, a think tank whose mission is to apply his theories to societal problems such as healthcare and education.

Professor Christensen is the author of eight books and more than 100 articles. The Innovator's Dilemma received the Global Business Book Award as the best business book of the year (1997). In a 2011 poll of thousands of executives, consultants, and business school professors, he was named the most influential business thinker in the world.