Leader, teacher, and Intermountain trustee Clayton M. Christensen died Thursday, Jan. 23, at age 67.
Christensen, who was born in Salt Lake City and spent most of his professional career on the East Coast, served on the Intermountain Healthcare Board since 2014. Christensen brought tremendous wisdom and insight in helping to govern the organization and focus on Intermountain’s mission.
“A scholar, innovator, and renowned leader, his professional legacy will inspire new ideas and thinking for generations to come. He was an appreciated and guiding member of our board, but more importantly loved helping the communities we serve. He will be missed,” said Dr. Marc Harrison, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, who described Christensen as “one of the world’s best and brightest thinkers” and “one of the most principled and authentic human beings.”
“Clayton Christensen leaves a tremendous legacy for good around the world and here at Intermountain. We were so fortunate to have him as a dear friend and member of our Board. His extraordinary insights on business gave the world new perspectives on innovation, on how to better recognize and meet the needs and expectations of customers, and even ways to lift entire nations out of poverty,” said Dr. Charles Sorenson, president and CEO emeritus and founding director of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute. “But for me, Clay’s most important message was the way he challenged us to pause amid the hectic pace of life to decide what’s most important and what will be our immutable values. Answering those kinds of questions helps all of us, especially leaders, set priorities and create results that will benefit others now and long after we’re not here. Clay’s life is a great example of that truth.”
Christensen authored nine books and more than a hundred articles, including The New York Times best‐selling, “How Will You Measure Your Life?” He received the Global Business Book Award for “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” and The Economist named it as one of the six most important books about business ever written.
Christensen is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth, and he founded a number of successful companies and organizations that use and apply his theories in various ways: Innosight, a consulting firm helping companies create new growth businesses; Rose Park Advisors, a firm that identifies and invests in disruptively innovative companies; and Innosight Institute, a not-for-profit think tank whose mission is to apply his theories to vexing societal problems such as healthcare and education.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts at Brigham Young University, Christensen studied at Oxford University as Rhodes Scholar, receiving a Master of Philosophy in applied econometrics. Christensen completed a master’s as well as a doctorate in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and received five honorary doctorates and an honorary chaired professorship at the Tsinghua University in Taiwan.