Clayton M. Christensen

Co-founder of Innosight

Chairman of IDEAS Ventures Committee

Clayton M. Christensen, co-founder of Innosight, is also the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he teaches Technology & Operations Management and General Management. His research and teaching interests center on the management of technological innovation, developing organizational capabilities, and finding new markets for new technologies.

Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Clay served as chairman and president of CPS Corporation, a firm that he co-founded with several MIT professors in 1984, which is now a publicly traded company. CPS is a leading developer of products and manufacturing processes using advanced materials. In addition, in 2007 Clay co-founded Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank, and Rose Park Advisors, an alternative investment management firm focused on companies affected by disruptive innovation.

Clay holds a B.A. in economics from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. He was awarded a DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1992.

Clay won the Production and Operations Management Society’s 1991 William Abernathy Award, presented to the author of the best paper in the management of technology; the Newcomen Society’s award for the best paper in business history in 1993; and the 1995 McKinsey Award for the best article published in the Harvard Business Review.

Clay’s book, The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, received the Global Business Book Award for the best business book published in 1997. He collaborated with Michael Raynor on The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth, which was published in 2003. He is also author, with Scott D. Anthony and Erik Roth, of Seeing What’s Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change, published in 2004.

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