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Clayton Christensen, Disruptive Innovation Expert and Author, to Speak at WGU’s 20th Anniversary Commencement

News Brief - 7/6/17

Harvard Business Professor and Founder of Christensen Institute to address graduates of online university

SALT LAKE CITY — Clayton M. Christensen, author, innovator, and Harvard Business professor, will speak at Western Governors University’s summer commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 15. Christensen will share insights with the graduates and their families for creating a purpose-driven life, achieving career success, and thriving in all areas of life. The commencement, which is being held at the Salt Palace, will begin at 9:45 a.m. MDT, and will be streamed live online at

Clayton M. Christensen Christensen has long been a supporter of WGU and the university’s learning model. WGU pioneered competency-based education, a model Christensen has recognized for disrupting higher education and improving student outcomes.

“WGU has leveraged many of the principles and theories developed by Christensen to expand access and improve quality in higher education,” said WGU President Scott D. Pulsipher. “His life and work are all about changing lives through innovation, and it will be inspiring to listen to one of the world’s foremost thinkers on the topic.”

One of the world’s experts on innovation and growth, Christensen introduced the theory of “disruptive innovation” and has founded a number of successful companies and organizations that apply these theories. These companies include Innosight, a consulting firm that helps companies create new growth business; Rose Park Advisors, a firm that identifies and invests in disruptive companies; and The Christensen Institute, a nonprofit think tank with a mission to solve societal problems such as healthcare, education, and economic growth.

Christensen is the author of eleven books, including the New York Times best-selling, How Will you Measure Your Life?. The Economist magazine named The Innovator’s Dilemma, another one of Christensen’s well-known works, as one of the six most important books about business ever written. Christensen holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University, an M.Phil in applied econometrics from Oxford University, and an MBA and a DBA from Harvard Business School. He is currently the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and a Senior Lecturer in Radiology at the Harvard Medical School.

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