Edward RobertsMassachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Edward Roberts is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology and Founder/Chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. A long-time expert on entrepreneurial endeavors, Edward Roberts has literally written the book on high-tech business creation and growth. His “Entrepreneurs in High-Technology: Lessons from MIT and Beyond” (Oxford University Press, 1991) won the Association of American Publishers Award for Outstanding Book in Business and Management.
His own entrepreneurship is as prolific in academia as in industry. Roberts was a founding member of the MIT System Dynamics Group, is Founder and Chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and was a founder and for over 30 years chaired MIT Sloan's Management of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group. He co-founded and for nearly 20 years chaired the mid-career MIT Management of Technology (MOT) Program, MIT’s first program with degrees offered jointly by two Schools. Most recently he co-created and directs the MIT Sloan Entrepreneurship & Innovation MBA Track, which this year enrolled 40 percent of the entering MBA students. During the past 45 years, Roberts has become internationally known for his research, teaching and active involvement in many aspects of technology management, including technology strategy, corporate venturing, product innovation management, and technology-based entrepreneurship.