Rebecca Henderson is the Eastman Kodak Professor of management at the Sloan
School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a research fellow at
the National Bureau of Economic Research. She specializes in technology strategy
and in the broader strategic problems faced by firms in high technology
industries. She has experience working in a variety of industries, including
machine tools, semiconductor capital equipment, computers, aerospace and
consumer goods, but her current research focuses upon the pharmaceutical and
biotechnology industries. She received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical
Engineering from MIT in 1981 and a doctorate in Business Economics from Harvard
University in 1988. She spent 1981-1983 working for the London office of
McKinsey and Company.
Her publications include "Underinvestment and Incompetence as Responses to
Radical Innovation: Evidence from the Photolithographic Industry." in the
Rand Journal of Economics, and "Architectural Innovation: The
Reconfiguration of Existing Product Technologies and The Failure of Established
Firms," with Kim Clark, in Administrative Science Quarterly. Her
pharmaceutical related publications include "Innovation in the Information Age"
in the Harvard Business Review, "Racing to Invest? The Dynamics of
Competition in Ethical Pharmaceuticals," in the Journal of Economics and
Management Strategy, "Scale, Scope and Spillovers: The Determinants of
Research Productivity in Ethical Drug Discovery" in the Rand Journal of
Economics, "Measuring Competence? Exploring Firm Heterogeneity in
Pharmaceutical Research," in the Strategic Management Journal and "The
Evolution of Integrative Competence: A study of cardiovascular drug discovery"
in Innovation and Corporate Change.
Professor Henderson sits on the Board of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical
Research at MIT and on the Board of the Linbeck Corporation. She also sits on
the editorial boards of Management Science, Administrative Science
Quarterly, Research Policy, The Economics of Innovation and New
Technology and the Strategy Management Journal. She consults widely:
her clients include both members of the Fortune 50 and Internet focused
startups. She was recently retained by the Department of Justice as an Expert
Witness in connection with the Remedies phase of the Microsoft case, and in 2001
was voted “Teacher of the Year” at the Sloan School.
Eastman Kodak LFM Professor of Management
MIT Sloan School
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