Managing Disruption

Volume: 
63
Issue: 
3

Clay Christensen (1952–2020) was a giant in the field of innovation. The Innovator’s Dilemma remains one of the best books on innovation that I have ever read. It is both theoretically rigorous and eminently practical. Christensen went on to develop approaches to address the risks of disruption, including his theory of the Jobs to be Done (JTBD), which has greatly influenced a whole generation of innovators. But Christensen was also a deeply spiritual person, and he sought to incorporate into his teaching the importance of ethics. In his book How Will You Measure Your Life, inspired by a capstone lecture he gave to his MBA students, Christensen discussed what business theory can teach about how to be a good parent, a good friend, and a good person. He will be greatly missed, but his ideas will continue to inspire innovators everywhere.