Research

MIT Sloan faculty carry forward research on issues specific to regions and issues with cross-national impact. Their goal is to advance the practice of management, raise workplace and economic standards, and make organizations more productive, more humane, and more profitable.

These are some issues that MIT Sloan faculty members are studying.

John S. Carroll, Morris A. Adelman Professor of Management, focuses on individual and group decision-making in industries that manage significant hazards, such as nuclear power, petrochemicals, and health care. Carroll's research includes improving safety in the worldwide nuclear power industry.

Michael A. Cusumano, Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management, has studied and worked in Japan and served as visiting professor in management at Hitotsubashi University and Tokyo University. His research focuses on strategy, product development, automobiles, consumer electronics, and entrepreneurship in the computer software industry. He has consulted with 50 major companies around the world, including AOL, AT&T, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba.

Kristin J. Forbes, Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management, was a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2003 to 2005, the youngest person ever to hold this position. She was honored as a “Young Global Leader” during the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2005. She is a research associate at the NBER and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her recent projects examine the impact of capital controls on investment decisions as well as the effect of financial crises and currency depreciations on companies around the world, and the causes of international financial contagion.

Neal A. Hartman, senior lecturer, teaches management communication and intercultural communication. As co-lead facilitator for CMI-Enterprisers (part of the Cambridge-MIT Initiative) he works with undergraduate students from MIT, Cambridge University, and other European universities to develop entrepreneurial skills. He also works with IMBA students at Tsinghua University, Fudan University, and Lingnan (University) College in China on organizational communication issues.

Arnoldo C. Hax, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management Emeritus, is an internationally renowned expert in strategic management and operations research. His primary focus is on the development and implementation of formal strategic planning systems for business firms. He brings to his investigations expertise in corporate strategy and policy, international management, the Latin American marketplace, and operations management.

Yasheng Huang, China Program Professor of International Management, researches international business, political economy, and institutional issues. He also examines investment (FDI) in China. He is examining the competitiveness of domestic firms to other countries by analyzing the institutional environment for local firms and entrepreneurship. He is currently working on projects on private sector development in China and in India.

Simon Johnson, Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship, researches emerging markets in developing countries. A past assistant director in the research department of the International Monetary Fund, he examines the role of corporate governance arrangements in macroeconomic crisis, the development of new equity markets in Europe, and how new technology companies outside the U.S. raise capital. He is a cofounder of MIT’s Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab).

Donald R. Lessard , Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, studies international corporate strategy and finance with a special emphasis on risk and knowledge management. He teaches courses on global strategy and organization and strategic opportunities in the energy sector.

Richard M. Locke, Deputy Dean, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Political Science, is founder of the MIT-Italy Program, cofounder of G-Lab, and the faculty chair of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership. His research focuses on economic adjustment and development, comparative labor relations, and political economy. His landmark case study about Nike's global business practices has influenced the way companies approach globalization.

Fiona Murray, Sarofim Family Career Development Professor, studies the optimal organizational modes for transferring life-science technologies from medical schools and research-oriented institutions to the private sector. She evaluates the differences between U.S. and U.K. experiences in academic life sciences and biotechnology. She is also exploring the role of intellectual property rights in a diverse range of countries, including China, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Roberto Rigobon, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management, studies international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. He focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries.

Donald B. Rosenfield, senior lecturer, is director of the Leaders for Global Operations Program. and an expert on operations management and strategy. He investigates facility location, management of global facilities networks, and management of a logistics supply chain across several organizations. He also examines practices that companies follow in developing global strategies and entering new markets.

C. Otto Scharmer,senior lecturer, is an international action researcher. He is the founding chair of ELIAS (Emerging Leaders for Innovation Across Sectors), an initiative of MIT, the U.N. Global Compact, the World Bank, and the Society for Organizational Learning that focuses on developing profound system innovations for a more sustainable world. He has consulted with multinational firms, international institutions, and NGOs in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His recent research includes interviews with 150 eminent thinkers around the world on leadership, strategy, and knowledge creation.

Lester C. Thurow , Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Economics Emeritus, dean emeritus, and coordinator of Asia-Pacific Initiatives, is an economist well known to the public through his frequent appearances in the media and his best-selling books. He investigates globalization, economic instability, and the distribution of income and wealth. His books include Head to Head: The Coming Economic Battle Among Japan, Europe and America, which was on the New York Times best seller list for more than six months.

Alan F. White, senior associate dean and senior lecturer, is responsible for MIT Sloan’s international activities. He is a consultant to multinational corporations, such as British Petroleum and Citicorp, and serves on the boards of companies scattered across the globe, from France (StartupAvenue.com) to Japan (Japan Management Institute).

Yasheng Huang

Yasheng Huang, China Program Associate Professor in International Management, is at the vanguard of efforts to isolate what drives foreign direct investment (FDI) in countries. In a groundbreaking study of China, he found some of the inefficiencies of China's financial and legal institutions have served to drive up FDI inflows.