James Utterback

David J. McGrath jr (1959) Professor of Management and Innovation
Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Biography | Selected Publications

Disruptive Innovation, Value Networks and Complementary Technologies," Mitsuhiro Kameda and James M. Utterback. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 2015. (In press).

"How do Industry-University Relationships Coevolve with Firm Strategy?" Pertuze, Julio A., and James M. Utterback. MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 5164-16. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, February 10, 2016.

“Technology Cycles,” James M. Utterback, in Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, David Teece and Mia Augier (Eds.), London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. (In press). (2015)

“The emergence of the nanobiotechnology industry,” Maine, Elicia, V.J. Thomas, Martin Bliemel, Armstrong Murira and James M. Utterback. Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 9, January 2014, pp. 2-5.

"Radical Innovation from the Confluence of Technologies: Innovation Management Strategies for the Emerging Nanobiotechnology Industry," Maine, E., Thomas, V.J., and Utterback, J. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management (JET-M), Vol. 32, April-June 2014, pp. 1-25.

“Knowledge Diversity in the Emerging Global Bio-Nano Sector,” Elicia Maine, Martin Bliemel, Armstrong Murira, and James Utterback. MIT ESD Working Paper, 2012. (2012)

Design-Inspired Innovation. Utterback, James; Alvarez, Eduardo; Ekman, Sten; Walsh Sanderson, Susan; Tether, Bruce; Verganti, Roberto. World Scientific Publishing, 2006

“Beyond Disruptive Technology,” James M. Utterback and Happy J. Acee. International Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 9, No. 1, March 2005, pp. 1-17.

“The Dynamics of Innovation,” James M. Utterback, in The Internet and the University, Aspen Institute Forum 2002, Educause, Pp. 81-103. Published in 2003

“Sources of Innovative Environments: a Technological Evolution Perspective,” Allan N. Afuah and James M. Utterback, in Zoltan J. Acs (Ed.), Regional Innovation, Knowledge and Global Change, London: Pinter Publishers, 2000, Pp. 169-186.

“Strategies for Survival in Fast-Changing Industries,” Clayton M. Christensen, Fernando F. Suárez, and James M. Utterback. Management Science, Vol. 44, No. 12, December 1998, pp. S207-S220.

"A Systematic Strategy for Optimizing Manufacturing Operations," Jonell Kerkhoff, Thomas Eagar and James Utterback. Production and Operations Management, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1998, pp. 67-85. (1998)

“The Dynamic ‘Diamond’: A Technological Innovation Perspective,” James M. Utterback and Allan N. Afuah. Economics of Innovation and New Technology Winter 1998, Vol. 6, Pp. 183-199.

“Multi-Mode Interaction Among Technologies,” Carl W. J. Pistorius and James M. Utterback. Research Policy, Vol. 26, No. 1, March 1997, pp. 67-84.

“Metrics for Managing Product Development,” Marc H. Meyer, Peter Tertzakian and James M. Utterback. Management Science, Vol. 43, No. 1, January 1997, pp. 88-111.

“Responding to Structural Industry Changes: A Technological Evolution Perspective,” Allan N. Afuah and James M. Utterback. Industrial and Corporate Change 1997, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 183-202.

“Product Development Cycle Time and Commercial Success,” Marc H. Meyer and James M. Utterback. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management , Vol. 42, No. 4, November 1995, pp. 297-304.

“Developing Technologies: the Eastman Kodak Story,” James M. Utterback. The McKinsey Quarterly, 1995, No. 1, pp. 131-143.

“Dominant Designs and the Survival of Firms,” Fernando F. Suárez and James M. Utterback. Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 16, 1995, pp. 415-430.

“The Death Knells of Mature Technologies,” Carl W. J. Pistorius and James M. Utterback. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 50, 1995, pp. 133-151.

Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation. Utterback, James. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business School Press, 1996. (1994)

“Innovation, Competition and Industry Structure,” James M. Utterback and Fernando F. Suárez. Research Policy, Vol. 22, No. 1, February 1993, pp. 1-21.

“Patterns of Industrial Evolution, Dominant Designs, and Firms’ Survival,” James M. Utterback and Fernando F. Suárez, in Robert Burgelman and Richard Rosenbloom (eds.) Research on Technological Innovation, Management and Policy, Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press, Volume 6, 1993, pp. 47-87.

“The Product Family and the Dynamics of Core Capability,” Marc H. Meyer and James M. Utterback. Sloan Management Review, Vol. 34, No. 3, Spring 1993, pp. 29-47.

“When Speeding Concepts to Market Can Be A Mistake,” James Utterback, Marc Meyer, Timothy Tuff and Lisa Richardson. TIMS Interfaces, Vol. 22, No. 4, July-August 1992, pp. 7-13.

"The Emergence of a New Supercomputer Architecture,” Alan Afuah and James Utterback. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 40, No. 4, December 1991, Pp. 315-328.

“Current Status and Future of Structural Panels in the Wood Products Industry,” Henry Montrey and James Utterback. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 39, No. 4, December 1990, pp. 15-35.

"U.S. Research and Development: an International Comparative Analysis,” Sarah Slaughter and James Utterback. Business in the Contemporary World, Winter 1990, pp. 27-34.

“Invasion of a Stable Business by Radical Innovation,” James M. Utterback and Linsu Kim. Asian Economies, No. 69, Seoul, Korea: Research Institute of Asian Economies, June 1989, pp. 5-39.

“Corporate Renewal,” James M. Utterback. International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 4, No. 6, 1989, pp. 625-630.

“The Evolution of Organization Structure and Technology in a Developing Country,” Linsu Kim and James M. Utterback, in Dong-Ki Kim and Linsu Kim (eds.), Management behind Industrialization: Readings in Korean Business, Seoul, Korea: Korea University Press, 1989, Chapter 9, pp. 194-214. (1989)

"Technology and Industrial Innovation in Sweden: A Study of Technology-Based Firms Formed Between 1965 and 1980." Utterback, James M., Marc Meyer, Edward B. Roberts and Goren Reitberger. Research Policy Vol. 17, No. 1 (1988): 15-26.  (1988)

“Technology and Industrial Innovation in Sweden: A Study of Technology-Based Firms Formed Between 1965 and 1980,” James M. Utterback, Marc Meyer, Edward Roberts, and Göran Reitberger. Research Policy, Vol. 17, 1988, pp. 15-26.

“Innovation and Industrial Evolution in Manufacturing Industries,” James M. Utterback, in Bruce R. Guile and Harvey Brooks (eds.) Technology and Global Industry: Companies and Nations in the World Economy, Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Engineering - Series on Technology and Social Priorities, 1987, pp. 16-48.

“Innovation and Corporate Strategy,” James M. Utterback. International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1986, pp. 119-132

"Invasion of a Stable Business by Radical Innovation,” James M. Utterback and Linsu Kim, in Paul Kleindorfer (ed.), The Management of Productivity and Technology in Manufacturing, New York: Plenum Press, 1986, pp. 113-151.

“Uncertainty and Technical Communication Patterns,” James W. Brown and James M. Utterback. Management Science, Vol. 31, No. 3, March 1985, pp. 301-311.

“The Effects of Communication on Technology Innovation,” Yar M. Ebadi and James M. Utterback. Management Science, Vol. 30, No. 5, May 1984, pp. 572-585

"Comparison of New Technology-Based Firm Formation in Sweden and Massachusetts." Utterback, J.M. and Edward B. Roberts et al. In Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 1983, edited J. A. Hornaday, 519-528. Wellesley, MA: Babson College, 1983.

“The Evolution of Organizational Structure and Technology in a Developing Country,” Linsu Kim and James M. Utterback. Management Science, Vol. 29, No. 10, October 1983, pp. 1185-1197.

“A Review of Literature and Hypotheses on New Technology-Based Firms,” Research Policy, Vol. 12, No. 1, February 1983, pp. 1-14. (1983)

"Environmental Analysis and Forecasting,” James M. Utterback, in M. L. Tushman and W. L. Moore, Readings in the Management of Technology, Ballinger: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1982, pp. 299-310. (Reprinted from Schendel and Hofer, 1978) (1982)

“Government and the Innovation Process,” J. Herbert Hollomon, et al., in M. L. Tushman and W. L. Moore, Readings in the Management of Technology, Ballinger: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1982, pp. 29-41. (Reprinted from Technology Review)

“Innovation in Industry and the Diffusion of Technology,” James M. Utterback, in M. L. Tushman and W. L. Moore, Readings in the Management of Technology, Ballinger: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1982, pp. 29-41. (Reprinted from Science)

“Patterns of Industrial Innovation,” James M. Utterback, in M. L. Tushman and W. L. Moore, Readings in the Management of Technology, Ballinger: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1982, pp. 97-108. (Reprinted from Technology Review)

"The Dynamics of Product and Process Innovation,” Christopher T. Hill and James M. Utterback. Management Review, January 1980, pp. 14-20.

Microprocessor Applications - Cases and Observations. Robert T. Lund, Marvin A. Sirbu, Jr., James M. Utterback with Michael J. Brand, Matthew L. Lazarewicz, Clinton S. Stanovsky, John C. Stewart. London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1980. Author of Chapters 8and 10, pp. 125-134 and 150-166.

“Systems of Innovation: MACRO/MICRO,” James M. Utterback, in W. Novis Smith and Charles F. Larson (eds.),  Innovation and U. S. Research, Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society, No. 129, 1980, pp. 73-94.

“Government and the Innovation Process,” J. Herbert Hollomon, et al. Technology Review, Vol. 81, No. 6, May 1979, pp. 30-41.

“Innovation in American Industry: What Went Wrong?” James M. Utterback. The Center Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 6, November/December 1979, pp. 17-24.

“Product and Process Innovation in a Changing Competitive Environment,” James M. Utterback, in Michael Baker, Industrial Innovation: Technology, Policy, Diffusion, London: MacMillan Press, 1979, pp. 135-147.

“Government Influence on the Process of Innovation in Europe and Japan,” Thomas J. Allen, James M. Utterback, Marvin A. Sirbu, Jr., Nicholas A. Ashford, and J. Herbert Hollomon. Research Policy, Vol. 7, No. 2, April 1978, pp. 124-149.

“A General Model: Innovation and Process Change in a Productive Unit,” James M. Utterback, with William J. Abernathy, in Abernathy, William J., The Productivity Dilemma: Roadblock to Change in the Auto Industry, Baltimore, Maryland: The John Hopkins University Press, 1978, pp. 68-87 and pp. 147-182.

“Environmental Analysis and Forecasting,” James M. Utterback, in Dan Schendel and Charles Hofer (eds.), Business Policy and Planning: A New View, Boston, Massachusetts: Little-Brown and Co., 1978, pp. 134-143.

"Management of Technology,” James M. Utterback, in Arnoldo Hax (ed.), Studies in Operations Management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: North-Holland Publishing Co., 1978, pp. 137-160. (1978)

“Patterns of Innovation in Industry,” William J. Abernathy and James M. Utterback. Technology Review, Vol. 80, No. 7, June-July 1978, pp. 40-47.

“Recent Findings and Hypotheses About the Dynamics of Product and Process Change,” James M. Utterback, in Karl A. Stroetmann (ed.), Innovation, Economic Change, and Technology Policies, Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser Verlag, 1977, pp. 251-265 (reprinted from IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management).

“The Process of Innovation in Five Industries in Europe and Japan,” James M. Utterback, Thomas J. Allen, J. Herbert Hollomon, and Marvin A. Sirbu, Jr. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. EM-23, No. 1, Feb. 1976, pp. 3-9.

“The Role of Applied Research Institutes in the Transfer of Technology to Latin America,” James M. Utterback. World Development, Vol. 3, No. 6, September 1975, pp. 665-673

"A Longitudinal Study of Communication in Research: Technical and Managerial Influences,” Robert L. Taylor and James M. Utterback. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. EM-22, No. 2, May 1975, pp. 80-87.

"Successful Industrial Innovation: A Multivariate Analysis,” Decision Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 1, January 1975, pp. 65-77.

“A Dynamic Model of Product and Process Innovation,” James M. Utterback and William J. Abernathy. Omega, Vol. 3, No. 6, 1975, pp. 639-656

"Identification of Technological Threats and Opportunities by Firms,” James M. Utterback and Elmer H. Burack. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 8, 1975, pp. 7-21.

“Innovation and the Diffusion of Technology,” James M. Utterback. Science, Vol. 183, No. 4125, February 1974, pp. 620-626.

“Innowacje w przemysle a upowszechnianie techniki,” James M. Utterback, in Przeglad Zagadnien, Zagadnienia Naukoznawstwa, Vol. 3, No. 39, 1974, pp. 416-438. (Translated and reprinted from Science)

“Adoption of Innovations by Industrial Organizations,” Charles R. O’Neal, Hans B. Thorelli, and James M. Utterback. Industrial Marketing Management, Vol. 2, 1973, pp. 235-250

“The Process of Technological Innovation Within the Firm,” James M. Utterback, in Lloyd A. Rowe and William B. Boise (eds.), Organizational and Managerial Innovation: A Reader, Pasadena, California: Goodyear Publishing Company, Inc., 1973, pp. 241-252. (Reprinted from Academy of Management Journal)

“Monitoring for Technological Opportunities,” James M. Utterback and James W. Brown. Business Horizons, October 1972, pp. 5-15.

“The Process of Technological Innovation Within the Firm,” ​James M. Utterback. Academy of Management Journal, Vol. XIV, March 1971, pp. 75-88.

"The Process of Innovation: A Review of Some Recent Findings,” James M. Utterback, in George A. Wilson (ed.), Technological Development and Economic Growth, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University, Graduate School of Business, Division of Research, 1971, pp. 139-160.

“The Process of Innovation: A Study of the Origination and Development of Ideas for New Scientific Instruments,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. EM-18, No. 4, November 1971, pp. 124-131.


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