Through nearly 30 years of experience as an educator and entrepreneur, Christensen has earned a well-deserved reputation as one America's foremost experts in business innovation and the commercialization of technology.
In addition to receiving the honorary degree, Christensen will deliver the commencement address.
Christensen, a native of Salt Lake City, is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (HBS), 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. He has taught at HBS since 1992.
Prior to joining the HBS faculty, 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. From 1979-1984 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 he was named a White House Fellow and served as assistant to U.S. Transportation Secretaries Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole.
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). His writings have been published in The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Business History Review and the Strategic Management Journal.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including 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; and the Newcomen Society's award for the best paper in business history in 1993.
He and his wife Christine live Belmont, Mass., and are the parents of five children.
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