CHAPTER2

Disruptive Innovation

Clay Christensen is an unlikely but compelling disruptive force in the field of innovation. Born in Salt Lake City, Christensen worked as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Republic of Korea from 1971 to 1973 and speaks fluent Korean. His career has straddled the worlds of academia and business. He worked as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for four years and started three successful businesses, including CPS Technologies, a firm that he cofounded with several MIT professors in 1984.

Christensen became a faculty member at Harvard Business School in 1992 and was awarded a full professorship with tenure in 1998, becoming the first professor in the school’s modern ...

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