10 May 2011
Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen Wins McKinsey Award

BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS) professor Clayton M. Christensen, the world's foremost authority on disruptive innovation, has received the 2010 McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review for his article "How Will You Measure Your Life?" He is the School's Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration and a four-time recipient of the award, which recognizes the best article published in the magazine that year.

Clayton M. Christensen Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva

The article, which appeared in Harvard Business Review's July-August 2010 issue, has its origins in a speech Christensen gave to that year's graduating class at HBS, where he presented a set of guidelines that have helped him find meaning and happiness in his life. Recognizing Christensen's sentiments as strategies that others can use and benefit from, the magazine published the article based on his original address.

"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."

"I am incredibly honored that the McKinsey Foundation has deemed my article worthy of this notable award," said Christensen. "I am so grateful for the life I have been blessed with, and much of that is due to the choices and decisions I have made along the journey. I am glad the members of the MBA Class of 2010 were able to find value in my words, as well as the readers of Harvard Business Review."

A member of the HBS faculty since 1992, Christensen is the bestselling author of five books, including his seminal and 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, respectively.

Recently, Christensen has focused the lens of disruptive innovation on 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 healthcare system.

At Harvard Business School, Christensen teaches an elective course he designed called Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise, which teaches students how to build and manage an enduring, successful company or transform an existing organization. Christensen received an excellence in teaching award from the MBA class of 2010.

The annual McKinsey Awards, judged by an independent panel of business and academic leaders, commend outstanding articles published each year in Harvard Business Review. The awards were established in 1959 to recognize practical and groundbreaking management thinking by determining the two best articles each year in Harvard Business Review. This year's announcement appears in the May issue of the magazine.