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Authority on Innovation & Father of Disruptive Innovation Theory; Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School

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Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches one of the most popular elective classes for second year students, Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise. He is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and his ideas have been widely used in industries and organizations throughout the world. A 2011 cover story in Forbes magazine noted that ‘’Everyday business leaders call him or make the pilgrimage to his office in Boston, Mass. to get advice or thank him for his ideas.’’ In 2011 in a poll of thousands of executives, consultants and business school professors, Christensen was named as the most influential business thinker in the world.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Clay worked as a missionary for his church in the Republic of Korea from 1971 to 1973, where he learned to speak fluent Korean. He continues to serve in his church in as many ways as he can.

Professor Clayton received his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. In 1982 Professor Christensen was named a White House Fellow, and served as assistant to U.S. Transportation Secretaries Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole. He was awarded his DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1992, and became a faculty member there the same year, eventually receiving full professorship with tenure in 1998. He holds five honorary doctorates and an honorary chaired professorship at the Tsinghua University in Taiwan.

Prior to his academic career, Clayton worked as a management consultant with BCG in their Boston office and helped co-found Ceramics Process Systems, a Massachusetts-based advanced materials company. He has subsequently helped establish many other successful enterprises, including the innovation consulting firm Innosight, the public policy think tank Innosight Institute, and the investment firm Rose Park Advisors.

Clay 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).

Clayton Christensen beat a heart attack, cancer and a stroke in three years. For Christensen it was not a reason to get too upset. It was another opportunity, in a lifetime full of them, to gain insight into how to make the world work better.

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The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty

The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty

How Will You Measure Your Life? (Harvard Business Review Classics)

How Will You Measure Your Life? (Harvard Business Review Classics)

Seeing What's Next: Using Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change

Seeing What's Next: Using Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change

Speaking Topics
  • Disruptive Innovation: Changing the Way the World Learns

    The way we learn doesnt 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 youre a school administrator, government official, business leader, parent, teacher, or entrepreneur, youll 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

  • Innovators 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 Innovators 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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Clayton Christensen

Authority on Innovation & Father of Disruptive Innovation Theory; Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School

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Clayton Christensen Biography

Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches one of the most popular elective classes for second year students, Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise. He is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and his ideas have been widely used in industries and organizations throughout the world. A 2011 cover story in Forbes magazine noted that ‘’Everyday business leaders call him or make the pilgrimage to his office in Boston, Mass. to get advice or thank him for his ideas.’’ In 2011 in a poll of thousands of executives, consultants and business school professors, Christensen was named as the most influential business thinker in the world.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Clay worked as a missionary for his church in the Republic of Korea from 1971 to 1973, where he learned to speak fluent Korean. He continues to serve in his church in as many ways as he can.

Professor Clayton received his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. In 1982 Professor Christensen was named a White House Fellow, and served as assistant to U.S. Transportation Secretaries Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole. He was awarded his DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1992, and became a faculty member there the same year, eventually receiving full professorship with tenure in 1998. He holds five honorary doctorates and an honorary chaired professorship at the Tsinghua University in Taiwan.

Prior to his academic career, Clayton worked as a management consultant with BCG in their Boston office and helped co-found Ceramics Process Systems, a Massachusetts-based advanced materials company. He has subsequently helped establish many other successful enterprises, including the innovation consulting firm Innosight, the public policy think tank Innosight Institute, and the investment firm Rose Park Advisors.

Clay 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).

Clayton Christensen beat a heart attack, cancer and a stroke in three years. For Christensen it was not a reason to get too upset. It was another opportunity, in a lifetime full of them, to gain insight into how to make the world work better.

Clayton Christensen Videos

  • #EIE17: Q&A - Professor Clayton Christensen & America Achieves ...
    Q&A section from Professor Clayton Christensen session at the 2017 National Summit on Education Reform on Thursday, November 30, ...
  • Clayton Christensen: "Where does Growth come from?" | Talks at ...
    Clayton Christensen is an award-winning Harvard Business School professor and author of five books, including The Innovator's Dilemma, ...
  • Lectures on Ethics and Leadership - Clayton Christensen
    Clayton Christensen, professor at Harvard University, discusses theories of responsible leadership, citing the importance of theories in building ...

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Clayton Christensen Speaking Topics

  • Disruptive Innovation: Changing the Way the World Learns

    The way we learn doesnt 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 youre a school administrator, government official, business leader, parent, teacher, or entrepreneur, youll 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

  • Innovators 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 Innovators 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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  • How to book Clayton Christensen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Clayton Christensen for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Clayton Christensen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Clayton Christensen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Clayton Christensen?

    Booking fees for Clayton Christensen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Clayton Christensen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Clayton Christensen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Clayton Christensen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Clayton Christensen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Clayton Christensen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Clayton Christensen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Clayton Christensen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Clayton Christensen for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Clayton Christensen generally travels from Boston, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Peter Diamandis, Ray Kurzweil, Michael Porter, Gary Hamel and Guy Kawasaki. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Clayton Christensen for an upcoming event.

Clayton Christensen Speaker Videos

  • #EIE17: Q&A - Professor Clayton Christensen & America Achieves ...
    Q&A section from Professor Clayton Christensen session at the 2017 National Summit on Education Reform on Thursday, November 30, ...
    Clayton Christensen: "Where does Growth come from?" | Talks at ...
    Clayton Christensen is an award-winning Harvard Business School professor and author of five books, including The Innovator's Dilemma, ...
  • Lectures on Ethics and Leadership - Clayton Christensen
    Clayton Christensen, professor at Harvard University, discusses theories of responsible leadership, citing the importance of theories in building ...
    How Will You Measure Your Life? Clay Christensen at TEDxBoston ...
    Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and world-renowned innovation guru, examines the daily decisions that define our ...
  • Clayton Christensen: Why some people are more innovative
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    Disruptive Innovation - Clayton Christensen (Part 1)

Clayton Christensen Speaking Topics

  • Disruptive Innovation: Changing the Way the World Learns

    The way we learn doesnt 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 youre a school administrator, government official, business leader, parent, teacher, or entrepreneur, youll 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

  • Innovators 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 Innovators 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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