Clay Christensen on life

Fascinating piece by the HBS professor Clay Christensen in the latest HBR. It’s based on a talk he was asked to give to the MBA class of 2010 who asked for some life lessons.

Christensen, like Michael Porter and Robert Merton, is one of the handful of b-school professors who tower above the institutions where they teach.

When I published Ahead of the Curve, HBS, in particular Professor Joseph Badaracco, the holder of the school’s ethics chair, complained furiously about my observations regarding the tendency of very smart people from HBS and other schools to end up in jail. Yet here is Christensen discussing the very same issue.

The school also protested about my depiction of HBS as a “factory for unhappy people”. Yet, this is the very issue Christensen has chosen to address.

Amazing what a recession will do.


2 thoughts on “Clay Christensen on life

  1. The Editor’s Notet is priceless
    “Editor’s Note: When the members of the class of 2010 entered business school, the economy was strong ( !!!!) and their post-graduation ambitions could be limitless. (!!!!) Just a few weeks later, the economy went into a tailspin. They’ve spent the past two years recalibrating their worldview and their definition of success.”

    Where do they find these idiots?


  2. James

    These are the kind of people who only like the truth when it benefits them, they don’t give a damn about the bigger picture.

    Have just finished your book, thought it was very good, honest.

    Hope you and the family are good,



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