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Glen Urban

  • David Austin Professor in Management, Emeritus
  • Professor of Marketing, Emeritus
  • Dean Emeritus; Chairman, MIT Center for Digital Business

Glen Urban is the David Austin Professor in Management, Emeritus, Professor of Marketing, Emeritus, Dean Emeritus, and Chair of the MIT Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Urban concentrates on the fascinating area of trust-based marketing on the Internet. In particular, he explores how trust is built on a website, how site design can maximize sales and trust, and how a trust-based marketing system could provide an alternative to the “push” type of marketing commonly observed. His current research focuses on customer advocacy. Urban’s new Theory A aligns the firm as a representative of customers’ needs and leads to transparency, unbiased advice, trusted advisors, and best products. His recent research concentrates on morphing a website to fit individual cognitive and cultural style. 

Urban holds a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin as well as a PhD in marketing from Northwestern University.