Professor, author, entrepreneur, missionary, husband, and father: Clayton Christensen wears many hats in his life. As an academic, he has been recognised as the world’s most influential business thinker. The author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, recognised as one of the most important books about business ever written, he continues to refine his ideas about enterprise at Harvard Business School.
Professor Clayton has a long and distinguished career, which has involved roles as an entrepreneur (co-founder of Ceramics Process Systems), government advisor (White House Fellow) and management consultant (at BCG) as well as an author and academic.
He’s been a faculty member at Harvard Business School since 1992, receiving full professorship with tenure in 1998. He holds five honorary doctorates and an honorary chaired professorship at the Tsinghua University in Taiwan.
He is the best-selling author of nine books and more than a hundred articles. His first book, The Innovator’s Dilemma received the Global Business Book Award as the best business book of the year (1997); and in 2011 The Economist named it as one of the six most important books about business ever written. His other articles and books have received the Abernathy, Newcomen, James Madison, and Circle Prizes. Clay is a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award, given each year to the two best articles published in the Harvard Business Review; and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Films Festival (2010).