James M. Utterback


James M. Utterback

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James Utterback is the David J. McGrath jr (1959) Professor of Management and Innovation, Emeritus and a Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Utterback delves into the emergence of dominant product designs and studies how to develop products in keeping with a company’s overall strategy. He also probes how to move concepts effectively to market. His book, Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation (Harvard Business School Press, 1994), looks at the creative and destructive effects of technological change on the life of a company.

Utterback holds a BS and an MS in industrial engineering from Northwestern University, a PhD in industrial management from MIT, and an ScD from the Chalmers Institute of Technology.


Utterback elected as PICMET Fellow

Jim Utterback named Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science

Utterback receives 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award


"A Dynamic Model of Product and Process Innovation."

Utterback, James M. and William J. Abernathy. Omega Vol. 3, No. 6 (1975): 639-656.

"A General Model: Innovation and Process Change in a Productive Unit."

Utterback, James M. and William J. Abernathy. In The Productivity Dilemma: Roadblock to Change in the Auto Industry, edited by William J. Abernathy, 147-182. Baltimore, Maryland: The John Hopkins University Press, 1978.

"A Longitudinal Study of Communication in Research: Technical and Managerial Influences."

Taylor, Robert and James M. Utterback. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management Vol. EM-22, No. 2 (1975): 80-87.

"A Lotka-Volterra Model for Multi-Mode Technological Interaction."

Carl W. J. Pistorius and James M. Utterback. In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on the Management of Technology, New York, NY: February 1996.

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