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


"The Dynamics of the Diffusion of Innovations in the Transition from Products to Services in the Music Industry."

Yilmaz, Erdem, James Utterback and Calie Pistorius, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6054-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, February 2020.

"The Dynamics of Competition and of the Diffusion of Innovations."

Utterback, James M., Calie Pistorius, and Erdem Yilmaz, MIT Sloan Working Paper 5519-18. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, February 2019.

"Technology Cycles."

Utterback, James M. In Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, edited by David Teece and Mia Augier, London, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

"Radical Innovation from the Confluence of Technologies: Innovation Management Strategies for the Emerging Nanobiotechnology Industry."

Maine, Elicia, V. J. Thomas and James M. Utterback. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management Vol. 32, (2014): 1-25.

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