Professor Michael Cusumano

Professor Michael Cusumano

Strategy, Product Development, Entrepreneurship

Michael A. Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management and a Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management and Engineering Systems at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Cusumano specialises in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in the computer software industry, as well as automobiles and consumer electronics. He teaches courses on the software business, strategic management, and technological innovation and entrepreneurship.

Cusumano has published nine books. Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World (2010) is based on the 2009 Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies at Oxford University and is translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Italian. The Business of Software: What Every Manager, Programmer, and Entrepreneur Must Know to Thrive and Survive in Good Times and Bad was named one of the best business books of 2004 by Steve Lohr of The New York Times, and was translated into Japanese and Chinese. Microsoft Secrets, co-written with Richard Selby, is a best-selling study of Microsoft’s strategy, organisation, and approach to software development, with 150,000 copies in print in 14 languages. Platform Leadership: How Intel, Microsoft, and Cisco Drive Industry Innovation, co-written with Annabelle Gawer, examines how industry leaders orchestrate complementary innovations that make their platforms more valuable. Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its Battle with Microsoft, co-written with David Yoffie, was named one of the top 10 business books of 1998 by BusinessWeek and, and played a central role in the Microsoft anti-trust trial. Thinking Beyond Lean: How Multi-Project Management Is Transforming Product Development at Toyota and Other Companies, co-written with Kentaro Nobeoka, analyses product development and platform strategies in the auto industry.

Cusumano is also co-editor of Strategic Thinking for the Next Economy, co-written with Costas Markides, as well as the author of Japan’s Software Factories: A Challenge to U.S. Management and The Japanese Automobile Industry: Technology and Management at Nissan and Toyota.

Cusumano is fluent in Japanese and has lived and worked in Japan for seven years. He received two Fulbright Fellowships and a Japan Foundation Fellowship for studying at Tokyo University. He has been a visiting professor at Hitotsubashi University and Tokyo University in Japan, Imperial College in London, the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, the University of Maryland, and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany.

Cusumano has consulted for more than 90 major companies around the world. He has been a director of NuMega Technologies and of Infinium Software, as well as a director and advisor to other private and public software companies. Cusumano is currently a director of Patni Computer Systems, one of the largest IT services and custom software development firms based in India, and Eliza Corporation, a specialist in speech recognition software applications focused on healthcare. He is also on the advisory board of FixStars Corp., a Japanese developer of high-performance computing applications; Buzzient, Inc., an MIT spinoff that provides analytic measurement tools for Web 2.0 social networks; and H-5 Technologies, a San Francisco-based firm that focuses on digital search technology.

Cusumano holds an AB in history of ideas from Princeton University and a PhD in Japanese business history and East Asian languages from Harvard University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Production and Operations Management at Harvard Business School.