LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2012) – Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business School professor widely regarded as an expert on business innovation and growth, will speak at the University of Louisville’s College of Business Jan. 26.
Christensen’s free, public talk on “How Will You Measure Your Life?” will begin at 4 p.m. in the business school’s Horn Auditorium at 2301 S. Third St.
A veteran business consultant and entrepreneur, Christensen developed a theory called “disruptive innovation” in which products and services introduced at the bottom of a market move up to displace established competitors. Cellular phones, community colleges and retail medical clinics have all become highly profitable by following this path, he says.
Christensen joined Harvard’s faculty in 1992. From 1979 to 1984, he was consultant and project leader for Boston Consulting Group, taking a leave of absence in 1982-83 to serve as a White House Fellow in the U.S. Department of Transportation.
He has co-founded or founded three companies, including CPS Technologies, a firm that develops and makes metals and ceramics used in electronics; Innosight, a consulting firm that helps companies create new businesses, and Rose Park Advisors, an investment company.
Christensen’s 1997 book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” was a New York Times best seller and received the Global Business Book Award for best business book of the year. His other books include “The Innovator’s Solution,” “Seeing What’s Next,” “Disrupting Class,” “The Innovator’s Prescription,” The Innovator’s DNA” and “The Innovative University.”
“We are delighted to bring Dr. Christensen and his message of innovative leadership to our students, faculty and the Louisville business community,” said Charlie Moyer, UofL’s business school dean.
Christensen also plans to speak at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6401 Westwind Way, Crestwood.