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Charles Fine is the Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. SInce 2015 he has also served as CEO, President, and Dean of the Asia School of Business (in Kuala Lumpur), established in collaboration with MIT Sloan.

His research focuses on supply chain strategy and value chain roadmapping, with a particular focus on fast-clockspeed manufacturing industries. Fine’s work has supported design and improvement of supply chain relationships for companies in electronics, automotive, aerospace, communications, and consumer products. His work has also examined outsourcing dynamics, with a focus on dynamic models for assessing the leverage among the various components in complex industrial value chains and the principles for value chain design, based on strategic and logistical assessments.  Most recenlty, he worksin the area of operations strategy for early-stage, entrepreneurial organizations.

At MIT Sloan, he has taught Operations Strategy and Supply Chain Management. Fine teaches and consults widely with numerous global clients. He has served on the board of directors for Greenfuel Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company that he cofounded, which focused on renewable energy. Fine has also served for 17 years as codirector of an executive education program, Driving Strategic Innovation, which is a joint venture between MIT Sloan and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Fine is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage (Perseus Books, 1998) and Faster, Smarter, Greener:  The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility (MIT Press, 2017). His work on quality management, flexible manufacturing, supply chain management, and operations strategy has appeared in a variety of publications, including Management Science, Operations Research, Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Annals of Operations Research, Games and Economic Behavior, Sloan Management Review, Supply Chain Management Review, and Interfaces.

Fine holds an AB in mathematics and management science from Duke University as well as an MS in operations research and a PhD in business administration from Stanford University.


"Operations for Entrepreneurs: Can Operations Management Make a Difference in Entrepreneurial Theory and Practice?"

Fine, Charles H., Loredana Padurean, and Sergey Naumov. Production and Operations Management Vol. 31, No. 12 (2022): 4599-4615.

"Unintended Consequences of Automated Vehicles and Pooling for Urban Transportation Systems."

Naumov, Sergey, David R. Keith, and Charles H. Fine. Production and Operations Management Vol. 29, No. 5 (2020): 1354-1371. Supplemental Materials.

"Managing Operational Capabilities in Start-up Companies."

Fine, Charles H., Loredana Padurean, and Sergey Naumov. Academy of Management Global Proceedings Vol. Tel Aviv, No. 2018 (2018).

Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility.

Sumantran, Venkat, Charles H. Fine, and David Gonsalvez. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2018.

"Going Mobile: The Personalized, On-Demand Future of Urban Transportation."

Sumantran, Venkat, Charles H. Fine, and David Gonsalvez. MIT Sloan Management Review, March 2018.

"End‐To‐End Supply Chain Strategies: A Parametric Study of the Apparel Industry."

Phadnis, Shardul S. and Charles H. Fine. Production and Operations Management Vol. 26, No. 12 (2017): 2305-2322.

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