Author Clayton M. Christensen to speak Jan. 26 in Crestwood

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Steve Jobs was “deeply influenced” by his work and Forbes Magazine called him “the most influential business thinker on earth.”
Clayton M. Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and an authority on business innovation and growth, will be in Louisville on Thursday, Jan. 26, to discuss his highly acclaimed article, “How will you measure your life?”
The article, which appeared in Harvard Business Review’s July-August 2010 issue, won Christensen his fourth McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review. The annual McKinsey Awards are judged by an independent panel of business and academic leaders.
“Christensen’s piece resonated with our readers in ways that few articles do,” said Adi Ignatius, editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review. “It was honest, moving, and wise — and offered profound lessons for anyone, at any stage of their lives.”
The article, derived from a speech Christensen gave to the HBS 2010 graduating class, presents a set of guidelines that have helped him find meaning and happiness in his life.
“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, dean of the University of Louisville’s College of Business.
A member of the HBS faculty since 1992, Christensen is the bestselling author of five books, including his influential best-selling work “The Innovator’s Dilemma” (1997), which, among many other honors, received the Global Business Book Award for the best business book of the year. “The Innovator’s Solution” and “Seeing What’s Next” followed in 2003 and 2004.
In more recent years, Christensen has turned his focus toward social issues such as education and health care. “Disrupting Class” (2008) looks at the root causes of why schools struggle and offers solutions, while “The Innovator’s Prescription” (2009) examines how to fix our health care system.
Hosted by the UofL College of Business, Christensen will speak at 4 p.m. on UofL’s Belknap Campus in the Horn Auditorium and again at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Crestwood, 6401 Westwind Way.
The event is free and open to the public.