Michael Cusumano

Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management

Professor, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management and Engineering Systems

Michael Cusumano

Michael A. Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management.  Previously he held a joint appointment in the MIT Engineering Systems Division. During 2016-17, he has been on leave and serving as Vice President and Dean at the Tokyo University of Science. Professor Cusumano specializes in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in computer software as well as automobiles and consumer electronics. He has recently taught Software & Internet Entrepreneurship as well as Advanced Strategic Management.

Cusumano received a BA degree from Princeton in 1976 and a PhD from Harvard in 1984. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Production and Operations Management at the Harvard Business School during 1984-86. He is fluent in Japanese and has lived and worked in Japan for some eight years, with two Fulbright Fellowships and a Japan Foundation Fellowship for studying at Tokyo University. Cusumano has been a visiting professor at Imperial College, Tokyo University, Hitotsubashi University, the University of St. Gallen, University of Maryland, and Ludwig Maximilians University. He has consulted and lectured for nearly 100 companies and organizations, including Alcatel, Amadeus, AOL, ARM, AT&T, BMC Software, Business Objects, Cisco, Ericsson, Fiat, Ford, Fujitsu, GE, Fidelity, Hitachi, Huawei, i2 Technologies, IBM, Intel, Liberty Mutual, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, NASA, NEC, Nokia, NTT Data, Philips, Robert Bosch, Schlumberger, Siemens, Texas Instruments, Toyota, Toshiba, and Verizon. He is a former director of Patni Computer Systems (sold in 2011 for $1.2 billion). He is a current director of Fixstars Corp. http://www.fixstars.com/en/ (Tokyo Stock Exchange listing 3687.T), a Japanese developer of high-performance software applications and storage products; DataXylo https://dataxylo.com/, a predictive analytics company operating out of Cambridge, MA; and Swipesumo http://www.swipesumo.com/, a payments processing company based in India. He has served as editor-in-chief and chairman of the MIT Sloan Management Review and writes regularly on Technology Strategy and Management for Communications of the ACM. In 2009, he was named one of the most influential people in technology and IT by Silicon.com.

Cusumano has published 13 books and more than 120 articles and columns. His latest book is Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs (2015, with D. Yoffie), has been translated into 17 languages and received wide media coverage from CNBC, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Fast Company, and other media outlets. Other books include Staying Power (2010), based on the 2009 Oxford Clarendon Lectures and named one of the top books of 2011 by Strategy + Business magazine; and The Business of Software (2004), also named one of the best books of the year in Strategy + Business.  His book Microsoft Secrets (1995, with R. Selby) was a path-breaking study of Microsoft’s strategy, internal organization, and approach to product development, and has sold some 150,000 copies in 14 languages. Platform Leadership (2002, with A. Gawer) examines the emergence of industry-wide platforms and ecosystem-based competition. Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and its Battle with Microsoft (1998, with D. Yoffie), was named one of the top 10 business books of 1998 by Business Week and Amazon.com and played a central role in the Microsoft anti-trust trial. 

General Expertise: Accelerators; Angel investing; Apple; Apps; Apps; Big data; Blackberry; Business intelligence; Business plans; CEO compensation; China; Cloud computing; Competitive strategy; Computer industry; Computer privacy; Computers; Conflicts of interest; Consumer electronics; Corporate diversification; Corporate governance; Corporate strategy and policy; Cultural differences; Digital economy; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship; Executive compensation; Executive pay; Facebook; Global entrepreneurship; Globalization; Google; Incubators; India; Initial Public Offerings (IPOs); Innovation; Innovation management; Innovative thinking; International corporate strategy; International entrepreneurship; International management; Internet; Internet applications; Internet software; Japan; Korea; LinkedIn; Mergers and acquisitions; Microsoft; Mobile computing; MOOCs; MOOCs; New venture development; New ventures; Offshoring; Product innovation; Research and development; Sharing economy; Silicon Valley; Silicon Valley; Smartphones; Software; Software engineering; Startups / Start-ups; Strategic management; Strategic planning; Strategy; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technology; Technology strategy; Technology transfer; Technology transfer; Telecommunications; Twitter; Venture capital; World Wide Web


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E-mail: cusumano@mit.edu


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