Professor Michael A. Cusumano

Michael A. Cusumano

Sloan Management Review Distinguished
Professor of Management

 

 

Contact Information
MIT Sloan School of Management

100 Main Street, E62-438
Cambridge, MA 02142-1347 USA
Tel: 617-253-2574
Fax: 617-253-2660
Email: cusumano@mit.edu
Web site: http://web.mit.edu/cusumano/www/

Administrative Assistant
Sumaiya Rahman
Tel: (617) 253-6679
Email: sumaiyar@mit.edu

 

 

Biographical Sketch of Michael A. Cusumano

Michael A. Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, with a joint appointment in the MIT Engineering Systems Division. He specializes in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in the computer software industry, as well as automobiles and consumer electronics. He teaches courses on Software & Internet Entrepreneurship as well as Advanced Strategic Management.

Professor Cusumano received a B.A. degree from Princeton in 1976 and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1984. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Production and Operations Management at the Harvard Business School during 1984-86. He is fluent in Japanese and has lived and worked in Japan for seven years, and received two Fulbright Fellowships and a Japan Foundation Fellowship for studying at Tokyo University. He has been a visiting professor at Imperial College, Tokyo University, Hitotsubashi University, the University of St. Gallen, and Ludwig Maximilians University. He has consulted for some 90 companies and organizations around the world, including Alcatel, Amadeus, AOL, ARM, AT&T, BMC Software, Business Objects, Cisco, Ericsson, Fiat, Ford, Fujitsu, GE, Fidelity, Verizon, Hitachi, Huawei, i2 Technologies, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Motorola, NASA, NEC, Nokia, NTT Data, Philips, Robert Bosch, Schlumberger, Siemens, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. He is a former director of Patni Computer Systems (NYSE: PTI, www.patni.com, sold to iGate-Apax in 2011 for $1.2 billion) as well as several other public and private companies. He is on the advisory board of Fixstars Corp. (www.fixstars.com), a Japanese developer of high-performance computing applications relying on video-game microprocessors and blade servers. He has served as editor-in-chief and chairman of the MIT Sloan Management Review and writes a column on Technology Strategy and Management for Communications of the ACM. He was named one of the most influential people in technology and IT by Silicon.com in 2009.

Professor Cusumano has published 13 books and more than 80 articles. His latest book is Strategy Rules:  Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs (2015, with David Yoffie), which is being translated into 14 languages and has received wide media coverage from CNBC, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Fast Company, and other outlets.  Other recent books include Staying Power (2010), based on the 2009 Oxford Clarendon Lectures and named one of the top business books of 2011 by Strategy + Business magazine; and The Business of Software (2004), named one of the best business books of the year in Strategy + Business by Steve Lohr of The New York Times.  Microsoft Secrets (1995, with R. Selby), a landmark study of Microsoft’s strategy, organization, and approach to product development, has sold some 150,000 copies in 14 languages. Platform Leadership (2002, with A. Gawer) examines the emergence of industry-wide platforms and ecosystem-based competition. Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and its Battle with Microsoft (1998, with D. Yoffie), was named one of the top 10 business books of 1998 by Business Week and played a central role in the Microsoft anti-trust trial.