Clayton Christensen is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is one of the world's foremost thinkers in strategy and innovation. In particular, Clay – since I know him personally, I feel I can call him by his first name - is an expert in dealing with disruptive innovations, developing organizational capabilities and finding new markets for new technologies. In addition, he has a major quality that distinguishes him from most experts. Not only does he repeatedly come up with great ideas, but he also comes up with innovative ways of communicating his ideas so that they are accessible to lots of people in the business world and the general population.
Clay is also an accomplished writer. His first book, The Innovator's Dilemma is a classic. His second book, The Innovator's Solution - co-written with Michael Raynor – is a comprehensive guide to innovation in all aspects of a business. I use it extensively in my MIT graduate seminar.
His new book, The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution to Health Care - co-authored with Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang, - is scheduled to come out on September 19 of this year. When I learned that he is co-author of a new book on health care, I quickly invited him to MIT to give a public lecture on the subject. Clay came to MIT last month, and not only was his seminar - which can be seen here - excellent because of its fascinating content, but it could also serve as a master class on how to discuss a very complex subject in an accessible, interesting and elegant way.