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Scott Stern is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Stern explores how innovation and entrepreneurship differ from more traditional economic activities, and the consequences of these differences for strategy and policy.  His research in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems, and innovation policy and management.  Recent studies include the impact of clusters on entrepreneurship, the role of institutions in shaping the accumulation of scientific and technical knowledge, and the drivers and consequences of entrepreneurial strategy.

Stern has worked widely with practitioners in bridging the gap between academic research and the practice of innovation and entrepreneurship.  This includes advising start-ups and other growth firms in the area of entrepreneurial strategy, as well as working with governments and other stakeholders on policy issues related to competitiveness and regional performance.  In recent years, Stern has developed a popular new MIT Sloan elective, Entrepreneurial Strategy, co-founded the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, advised the development of the Social Progress Index, and served as the lead MIT investigator on the US Cluster Mapping Project.

Stern started his career at MIT, where he taught from 1995 to 2001.  Before returning to MIT in 2009, he held positions as a Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Stern is the director and co-founder of the Innovation Policy Working Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  In 2005, he was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

Stern holds a BA in economics from New York University and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

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Honors

Stern wins 2021 Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award

Publications

"A New View of the Skew: A Quantitative Assessment of the Quality of American Entrepreneurship."

Catherine Fazio, Jorge Guzman, Fiona E. Murray, and Scott Stern. In Kauffman Foundation New Entrepreneurial Growth, Kansas City, MO: February 2016.

​An Assessment of ARPA-E.

Khosla, Pradeep K., Maxine Savitz, Pierre Azoulay, Scott Stern, et al. (Committee Members). Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences, 2017.

"Are All Patent Examiners Equal? Examiners, Patent Characteristics and LItigation Outcomes."

Cockburn, Iain M., Samuel Kortum and Scott Stern. In Patents in the Knowledge-Based Economy, 17-53. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2003.

Assessing Australia's Innovative Capacity in the 21st Century.

Gans, Joshua S. and Scott Stern. Springland, Australia: Australian Institute for Commercialization, 2003.

Assessment of the SBIR and STTR Programs at the NIH.

Feldman, Maryann P., Scott Stern, Gavi Begtrup et al. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2022.

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MIT REAP launches eighth cohort of its global program

Cohort 8 includes teams of participants from Eastern Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Egypt; Los Angeles, USA; Manizales, Colombia; Northern Ireland, UK; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; & Wallonia, Belgium.

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