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Alessandro Bonatti

Alessandro Bonatti

Sarofim Family Career Development Professor

Department: Associate Professor of Applied Economics

Contact: (617) 253-7190, bonatti@mit.edu

Expertise: Advertising; Applied economics; Auctions; Competition; Economics; Electronic media; Europe; European Union; Game theory; Google; Industrial economics; Industrial organization; Insurance; Internet; Italy; Media; Microeconomics; Online shopping; Optimal control; Political economy; Price fixing; Pricing; Social networks; Teams; Turkey

Michael Cusumano

Michael Cusumano

Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management

Department: Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management and Engineering Systems

Contact: (617) 253-2574, cusumano@mit.edu

Expertise: $100K Entrepreneurship competition; Angel investing; Asia Pacific; Automotive; Business plans; Competitive strategy; Computer Industry; Computer-aided software; Consumer electronics; Corporate strategy and policy; Cultural differences; Electronic media; Electronic software; Engineering management; Entrepreneurship / New ventures; Google; High technology companies; Information systems; Information technology; Information technology for management; Information technology, history of; Information technology, impact of; Innovation; International management; Internet; Internet software; Internet software/applications; Internet strategy; Japan; Korea; Management of engineers and scientists; Management of information technology; Management of technology; Manufacturing management; Media; Microsoft; Mobile computing; Open source software; Operations management; Productivity; Project management; Quality; Research and development; Sales and sales processes; Semiconductors; Service industry; Software; South Korea; Startups; Strategic management; Strategic planning; Technological innovation; Technology; Technology strategy; Technology transfer; Telecommunications; Total quality management; World Wide Web

Brian Halligan

Brian Halligan

Department: Senior Lecturer

Contact: , bhalligan@alum.mit.edu

Charles Kane

Charles Kane

Department: Senior Lecturer

Contact: (617) 253-3386, ckane@mit.edu

Expertise: Accounting, domestic; Accounting, international; Africa; Alliances; Analyst forecasts; Argentina; Asia; Asia Pacific; Auditing/auditors; Banking; Banking management; Brazil; Business education; Business ethics; Business intelligence; Business plans; Capital budgeting; Capital controls; Capital market; Chemical; China; Competitive strategy; Component software technologies; Computer aided software engineering; Computer industry; Corporate finance; Corporate governance; Corporate strategy and policy; Cross-cultural awareness; Cultural differences; Data acquisition; Data storage; Database and information integration technologies; Derivatives; Developing countries; Disclosure; Distance learning; Downsizing; E-commerce; Earnings manipulations; eBay; Education; Elevator pitch; Emerging markets; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship / New ventures; Equities; Euro; Exchange rates; Executive education; Financial engineering; Financial reporting; Financial services; Financial statement analysis; Foreign investment; Futures; Global entrepreneurship; Global sales strategies; Globalization; Google; High technology companies; Interest rates; International corporate strategy; International finance; International management; International trade; Internet security; Internet software; Internet software/applications; Internet strategy; Investment banking; Investor relations; K-12 education; Knowledge sharing; Logistics; MBA; Mergers and acquisitions; Microsoft; Monetary policy; Negotiation and conflict resolution; Non-profits; Online feedback mechanisms; Operations management; Options; Options pricing, valuation; Price fixing; Private equity; Privatization; Process control; Project management; Research, academic; Revenue management; Risk management; Sales force automation; Sales support systems and databases; Sarbanes-Oxley compliance; Service industry; Software; Startups; Strategic management; Strategic planning; Supply chain management; Tax policy; Taxation, corporate; Turkey; Venture capital

Sandy Pentland

Sandy Pentland

Toshiba Professor of Media Arts & Science

Contact: , pentland@MIT.EDU

Catherine Tucker

Catherine Tucker

Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Professor

Department: Associate Professor of Marketing

Contact: (617) 252-1499, cetucker@mit.edu

Expertise: Computer privacy; Credit cards; E-commerce; Econometrics; Electronic software; Google; Google; Industrial economics; Internet; Internet privacy issues; Internet telephony; Management of information technology; Marketing; Marketing strategy; Online banking; Pricing; Security of technology; Software; Web-based marketing; YouTube

Behind Facebook and Google’s random acquisitions — Catherine Tucker

From Fortune A lot of attention has been paid lately to big tech companies buying up smaller firms in billion-dollar deals: In January, Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion, Facebook purchased mobile message service, WhatsApp, the following month for $19 billion; last week, it acquired virtual reality gaming company, Oculus VR, for $2 billion. There is a lot of discussion about the motives behind these large deals. Some say they are attempts to block competition, while others maintain they are efforts to stay relevant. I see these deals as a reflection of the uncertainty companies face as they try to identify the next big thing. This is especially true for successful companies like Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG), which are known for doing what they do tremendously well. They’ve seen similarly successful companies like Kodak struggle as technology moves on, rendering its product obsolete. As a result, companies today are eternally motivated to … Read More »The post Behind Facebook and Google’s random acquisitions — Catherine Tucker appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.

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