What you'll learn

  • Become fluent in disruption theory and gain confidence in articulating complex viewpoints
  • Apply strategic frameworks to assess new opportunities and potential threats
  • Acquire techniques for executive-level strategy formulation and team management
  • Discover your next big idea by learning from other participants on HBX’s social course platform

Course description

Join us in HBX Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen. Together, we’ll forge a new path in online learning as you accelerate your career.

Course Structure

Disruptive Strategy consists of 30 to 35 hours of material developed by Clayton Christensen and delivered over a six week period with a flexible program structure. There is no set time to log in. You complete the coursework, which consists of a highly-engaging mix of short videos, multimedia cases, interactive learning exercises, and written reflections, on your own time while meeting regular deadlines. Two group exercises and an individual final paper are also required for course completion. All course material is delivered through the innovative HBX online platform. While there is no direct real-time interaction with the faculty built into the course, current and former students may be invited to special events, both on and off-line, where HBX faculty are present.

The HBX Learning Model centers around the Harvard Business School case method, featuring interviews with business leaders and executives from companies around the world who candidly discuss challenges they've faced or obstacles they've overcome. We ask you to step into their shoes and engage with your peers to work through these real-world business scenarios.

The case protagonists in Disruptive Strategy represent some of the best and brightest from the worlds of technology, consumer products, finance, and more. You will learn from Bill Hambrecht, Founder and CEO of WR Hambrecht & Co, and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, on the Google IPO; Joe Tucci, Chairman and CEO of EMC, on organizing for innovation; and Ryan Caldbeck, Founder and CEO of equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp, on disruption in the private equity marketplace; among others.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Aligning with Innovation and Disruption
  • Discovering Customer Jobs to be Done
  • Organizing for Innovation
  • Maintaining a Disruptive Scope
  • Managing the Strategy Development Process

Participants in Disruptive Strategy are eligible for a Certificate of Completion from HBX and Harvard Business School. To earn the certificate, participants must successfully complete all coursework by the stated deadlines and actively contribute to the vibrant HBX learning community.

Who would benefit from taking Disruptive Strategy?

Disruptive Strategy is intended for those who work in organizations that need to be more innovative and would like to be knowledgeable enough to lead that effort. It’s for those who want to feel more confident in their strategic recommendations by putting on a set of lenses through which to view the world of disruption and strategy. Those starting their own ventures and looking to disrupt an established industry, those in established firms looking to anticipate disruption, and those trying to understand their senior leadership’s discussions around disruptive innovations.

What are HBX certificate programs?

HBX certificate programs are focused on one essential business topic. They combine the flexibility of online programming with the rigor and quality of a Harvard Business School education to give participants a unique edge in their careers.



Associated Schools

  • Harvard Business School

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