Mercedes DelgadoSenior Lecturer
Research Scientist and Research Director
Tel: (617) 715-4849
Name: Stephanie Taverna
Tel: (617) 253-2676
Behavioral and Policy SciencesBiography
Mercedes Delgado is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Research Director and Research Scientist of the MIT Innovation Initiative Lab for Innovation Science and Policy. Delgado also serves as Senior Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.
Delgado’s research focuses on the relationship between the regional business environment and the performance of firms, regions, and countries. She examines the role of regional clusters—geographic concentrations of related industries, firms, and supporting institutions—in job creation, innovation, entrepreneurship, and resilience. Delgado has developed new methods for defining and mapping clusters, providing tools to help firms, practitioners, and policymakers create regional strategies. More broadly, she studies the determinants of national and regional competitiveness, seeking to understand how different components of the microeconomic and macroeconomic environment contribute to prosperity. In recent work she explores the interaction between the spatial organization of firms, their location choices through the value chain, and firm performance. She is also interested in how to best connect businesses in inner cities—economically distressed areas within a city—to their surrounding cities in order to facilitate inclusive prosperity.
Delgado’s work has been published in top economic, policy, and strategy journals. She has received a number of prestigious fellowships and research grants, and recently served as a lead researcher on the US Cluster Mapping Project: Mapping a Nation of Regional Clusters.
Delgado earned a PhD in Business Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Business School and the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Innovation Policy and the Economy Group.
Jim DoughertySenior Lecturer
Tel: (617) 715-4845
Jim Dougherty is a Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Dougherty has extensive experience working directly with investors to execute highly successful turnarounds of troubled companies. Great Hill Partners recruited Dougherty to be their first-ever Operating Partner. He has stabilized and recapitalized such companies as Gartner, IntraLinks, Prodigy, and Small Business ISP. At Lotus Development Corporation Dougherty was the founder of eApps (Internet Division), and he created the NOTES: NEWSSTAND business publishing service which was later sold successfully.
He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Business and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dougherty holds a BA in government from Framingham State University, an MA in international economics from Columbia University, and a Graduate Certificate of Special Studies in finance and administration from Harvard University.