Is Professor Christensen a sexist pig?

Harvard historian Jill Lepore has written a scathing takedown of Clayton Christensen’s unfalsifiable “disruptive innovation” theory. (Why are business school professors so taken by empty buzzwords and trendy catch phrases?) Prof. Christensen responds to Lepore’s essay in this interview. Note the final question and answer:

Last question: You keep referring to Lepore by her first name. Do you know her?

Professor Christensen: I’ve never met her in my life.

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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2 Responses to Is Professor Christensen a sexist pig?

  1. The Professors Wife says:

    Sounds like it to me. If it was one of his make colleagues he would address them as Dr. Such and Such. Where is the respect and deference?

    • enrique says:

      I agree … but notice that the truth value of Prof. Christensen’s arguments bears no relation to his sexist tone (or the the fact that he comes across as a total jerk in the interview). Consider, for example, a court of law, where the deference and respect shown by the attorneys likewise bear no relation to the truth value of their arguments!

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