Peter Kurzina

Senior Lecturer, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Peter Kurzina

Peter Kurzina is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He has thirty-two years of experience providing work-out, turn-around, interim, and crisis management to a wide variety of companies.   He was president and chief operating officer of Fanny Farmer Candy Shops, interim president of Vermont Castings Stove Company, and president of Westville Homes Corporation.  Peter provided similar leadership roles to a number of other troubled companies in the manufacturing, distribution, textile, men’s clothing, and service industries.  For fifteen years he was associated with Argus Management Corporation, the Massachusetts-based provider of work-out, turn-around, crisis, and interim management to troubled companies.

Peter joined the MIT Sloan faculty as a Senior Lecturer in 2003 and teaches 15.386 Managing in Adversity and 15.398 Corporations at the Crossroads: The CEO Perspective.  He also serves as a mentor in the China Lab Program.

He has taught at SKOLKOVO, the new Russian international business school outside of Moscow, and been involved with the SKOLKOVO MBA Program for several years, making frequent trips to Moscow.

Peter has also taught in the Goldman Sachs-funded 10,000 Women Program at Yunnan University in Kunming, China, as well as lecturing in Brazil and at the Kauffman Foundation.  He has been a faculty advisor to student-led treks and special courses which culminated in trips to Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Denmark, Spain, and China.

He earned his BA in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, his JD at Northwestern University, and his MMS in the Sloan Fellows Program at MIT Sloan.

General Expertise: Action learning; China; Leadership; Turnaround; Women in business


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