Michael Cusumano

Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management
Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management and Engineering Systems

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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, with a joint appointment in the MIT Engineering Systems Division. He specializes in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in computer software as well as automobiles and consumer electronics. He has recently taught courses titled Software & Internet Entrepreneurship as well as Advanced Strategic Management. Since 2013, he has also been a special advisor to the chairman and president of Tokyo University of Science. From March 1, 2016, on a one-year leave from MIT, he will hold the position of Vice President at Tokyo University of Science and Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiatives.

Professor Cusumano received a B.A. degree from Princeton in 1976 and a Ph.D. 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 seven years, including two Fulbright Fellowships and a Japan Foundation Fellowship for studying at Tokyo University. He 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) and a current director of Fixstars Corp. (Tokyo Stock Exchange listing 3687.T), a Japanese developer of high-performance software applications and storage products; DataXylo, a predictive analytics company operating out of Cambridge, MA, and India; and SwipeSumo, 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. He was named one of the most influential people in technology and IT by Silicon.com in 2009.

Professor 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), which is being translated into 14 languages and has received wide media coverage from CNBC, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, and Fast Company. Other books include Staying Power (2010), based on the 2009 Oxford Clarendon Lectures and named one of the top business books of 2011 by Strategy + Business magazine; and The Business of Software (2004), also named one of the best business books of the year in Strategy + Business. Microsoft Secrets (1995, with R. Selby), a landmark study of Microsoft’s strategy, organization, and approach to product development, 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.

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