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Clayton M. Christensen, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School

Donald C. Hambrick, Smeal Chaired Professor of Management Smeal College of Business The Pennsylvania State University and Samuel Bronfman Professor Emeritus Graduate School of Business Columbia University


Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. His research and teaching interests center on the management issues related to the development and commercialization of technological and business model innovation. Specific areas of focus include developing organizational capabilities and finding new markets for new technologies.

Professor Christensen holds a B.A. with highest honors in economics from Brigham Young University (1975), and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics and the economics of less-developed countries from Oxford University (1977), where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. He was awarded his DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1992.

Christensen has served as a director on the boards of a number of public and private companies. He is currently a board member at Tata Consulting Services (NSE: TCS), Franklin Covey (NYSE: FC), W.R. Hambrecht, and Vanu. Christensen also serves on Singapore's Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC).

Christensen is the founder of Innosight, a consulting and training company, focused on problems of strategy, innovation, and growth. He is also the founder of Rose Park Advisors, an alternative investment management firm, focused on companies affected by disruptive innovation.

Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Professor Christensen served as chairman and president of Ceramics Process Systems Corporation (CPS), a firm he co-founded with several MIT professors in 1984. CPS is a leading developer of products and manufacturing processes using high-technology metals and ceramics such as silicon nitride and silicon carbide. From 1979 to 1984 he worked as a consultant and project manager with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was instrumental in founding the firm's manufacturing strategy consulting practice. In 1982 Professor Christensen was named a White House Fellow, and served through 1983 (on a leave of absence from BCG) as assistant to U.S. Transportation Secretaries Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole.

Professor Christensen became a faculty member at the Harvard Business School in 1992. He taught courses in Technology and Operations Management, General Management, and Operations Strategy. He then developed a course called Managing Innovation. Professor Christensen currently teaches an elective course he designed called Building a Sustainably Successful Enterprise, which teaches managers how to build and manage an enduring, successful company or transform an existing organization.

Professor Christensen is the author of the bestselling books The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997), which received the Global Business Book Award for the best business book published in 1997, The Innovator's Solution (2003), and Seeing What's Next (2004). In addition, he edited two casebooks on Innovation: Innovation and the General Manager (1999) and Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, 4th edition (2004). He presently is completing two books that examine the problems of our healthcare and public education systems through the lenses of his theories. These also will show how the problems in these industries can be resolved.

Professor Christensen's writings have been featured in a variety of publications, and have won a number of awards, such as the Best Dissertation Award from The Institute of Management Sciences for his doctoral thesis on technology development in the disk drive industry; 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 and 2001 McKinsey Awards for articles published in the Harvard Business Review.

For more information please visit: www.claytonchristensen.com


Donald C. Hambrick is the Smeal Chaired Professor of Management, Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. He is also Samuel Bronfman Professor Emeritus of Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, where he served for 23 years. He holds degrees from the University of Colorado (B.S.), Harvard University (M.B.A.), and The Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.).

An internationally recognized scholar in the field of top management, he is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and books on the topics of strategy formulation, strategy implementation, executive staffing and incentives, and the composition and processes of top management teams. His recent book, Navigating Change: How CEOs, Top Teams, and Boards Steer Transformation, presents leading-edge thinking for executives who are embarking on corporate change initiatives. Another book, Strategic Leadership: Top Executives and Their Effects on Organizations, is extensively used by scholars of executive leadership. He also conducted the widely-noted worldwide study, Reinventing the CEO.

He is an acknowledged leader in his field, serving as President of the prestigious Academy of Management in 1992-93. He also has served on the board of directors of the Strategic Management Society and on the editorial boards of almost all the major scholarly journals in his field.

Don is also an active consultant and instructor in corporate executive education programs. His recent clients have included Pfizer, IBM, General Electric, Schering-Plough, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Philips, Merck, ARAMARK, Pepsico, the New York Times, McKinsey, Dow Jones, and Pearson.

Don was raised in Denver, Colorado. After military service in Vietnam, he moved East for graduate school. He now lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Peg. Their daughter, Claire, lives and works in Los Angeles. A life-long racquets enthusiast, Don plays tennis and squash regularly. He also enjoys international travel with his family. He is an avid reader of nonfiction, especially political and social commentary

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