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Clayton Christensen

Harvard Business School Professor

Clayton Christensen shows leaders a new way of thinking about market forces and competitive strategy, spurring them to innovate ahead of the curve.

Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik 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).

Awards

  • Five-time recipient of McKinsey Award, Harvard Business Review’s best article.
  • 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, Tribeca Film Festival.
  • 2010 James A. Hamilton Book of the Year, American College of Healthcare Executives.
  • Disrupting Class one of top education books of the decade, Education Next.
  • Disrupting Class 14th book on Newsweek’s list of Fifty Books for Our Times.
  • Disrupting Class first among 10 Books that Drive the Debate 2009, The National Chamber Foundation.
  • The Innovator’s Prescription Amazon.com’s #1 best-selling book in health policy category, 2009.
  • Top Ten Reading Selections for 2009, National Chamber Foundation.
  • Top 30 Business Books of 2009, Soundview Executive Book Summaries.
  • Disrupting Class BusinessWeek’s 10 Best Innovation & Design Books of 2008.
  • Disrupting Class Best Human Capital Book of 2008, Strategy + Business.
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma Global Business Book Award, Best Business Book of the Year 1997.

Topics

Disruptive Innovation: Changing the Way the World Learns

The way we learn doesn’t always match up with the way we are taught. If we hope to stay competitive, academically, economically, and technologically, we need to rethink our understanding of intelligence, reevaluate our educational system, and reinvigorate our commitment to learning. In other words, we need “disruptive innovation.” Clayton Christensen analyzes the education debate and applies his now-famous theory of “disruptive” change to help audiences consider new possibilities. Whether you’re a school administrator, government official, business leader, parent, teacher, or entrepreneur, you’ll discover surprising new ideas, outside-the-box strategies, and straight-A success stories. Audiences gain an understanding of:

  • How customized learning will help many more students succeed in school
  • Why student-centric classrooms will increase the demand for new technology
  • Why computers must be disruptively deployed to every student
  • How disruptive innovation can circumvent roadblocks that have prevented other attempts at school reform

Destructing the World Health Care Industry

Close to 50 million Americans live without health insurance while the global scenario is decidedly grim as millions die needlessly from treatable diseases. World leaders, including President Obama, consider health care to be a major diplomatic and domestic priority. What will it take; however, to cure the enormous health care challenges? The anecdote may lie in our collective ability to adopt disruption change. Best-selling author Professor Clayton Christensen has taken his essential principle of Disruptive Innovation Theory, which states that companies innovate faster than people’s lives change, and applied it to the health care industry. Based on his extensive research for his book The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care, Christensen’s presentation will challenge how your organization thinks about health care and the future of the industry. His speeches are customized to each organization and cover topics including:

  • The likely prospects for today’s leading companies
  • How entrenched companies can displace today’s leaders
  • Why health care is expensive and inaccessible
  • How to create new growth through affordability and simplicity
  • How to circumvent the rules

Innovator’s Dilemma Expanded: Seven Questions and Answers to Success

Every company needs to grow, and innovation is the ticket to sustainable and profitable growth. What decisions can managers take to increase their probability of success? Managers have historically struggled to successfully manage innovation. The dilemma as described by Clayton Christensen, a giant in the world of innovators, is how to serve your core business while finding new markets and watching out for new entrants in your blind spot. Based on his seminal book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, considered by many to be the hallmark text on innovation by executive and entrepreneurs alike, Clayton Christensen has developed a set of theories to help guide managers when trying to build new growth businesses. In this relevant and timely presentation, Christensen coaches managers on how to sustain success by answer seven critical questions:

  • How can I beat powerful competitors?
  • How can I connect with customers?
  • How integrated should I be?
  • How should I set strategy?
  • From whom should I get funding?
  • Where should the innovation reside?
  • What is the role of the CEO?

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