Research Associate, Global Prosperity

Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
  • Location
    Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Dec 21

Position description

The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (the “Institute”) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think-tank dedicated to improving the world through Disruptive Innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing issues around education, healthcare, and economic prosperity. The Institute works to influence the way policymakers, community leaders, and innovators address these problems by distilling and promoting the transformative power of Disruptive Innovation. Within the Institute’s Global Prosperity practice, our mission is to develop and disseminate accessible innovation theories that will not only lead to a better understanding of how to create prosperity, but also promote how to sustain prosperity in countries that need it the most.


Under the direction of the Senior Research Fellow heading the Institute’s Global Prosperity practice, the Research Associate will support the Institute’s Global Prosperity strategy through rigorous research and analysis, project and information management, and strategic outreach with our audience.


  • Support Senior Research Fellow’s research, writing, and media activities, by designing and writing briefs on varied topics, identifying relevant sources and statistics.
  • Develop a deep understanding of Professor Christensen’s management theories (Disruptive Innovation; Jobs to Be Done; Resources, Processes and Priorities (“RPP”); Interdependence and Modularity; etc.) used at the Institute and apply them in order to gain insight into challenges and opportunities in global development.
  • Monitor trends and news related to developments in international development and prosperity.
  • Regularly write and edit blog posts that utilize theory as a lens for global news, public policy, and innovations in the field.
  • Manage the Global Prosperity practice’s social media presence.
  • Organize and manage the internal Global Prosperity research archive.


  • 2+ years of relevant work experience, or a recent master’s degree in international development, international relations, public policy, public administration, or business administration.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in global development or business innovation.
  • Intellectual agility and strategic mindset, particularly as needed to define, gather, analyze, and synthesize data in pursuing research priorities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, especially experience as a writer/editor who can engage a targeted audience through a variety of communication channels (blogging, social media, white papers, and case studies).
  • Proven ability to independently manage and drive results across multiple work streams.
  • Can-do attitude, collaborative spirit, and keen desire to make a positive impact on the Institute and global development.

Application instructions

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