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Michael A. Cusumano

Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management
Professor of Engineering Systems

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 The Software Business and Digital Platforms 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 around the world, including Alcatel, Amadeus, AOL, AT&T, BMC Software, Business Objects/SAP, 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,, sold to iGate-Apax in 2011 for $1.2 billion) as well as several other public and private companies. He is a director of Quantum Leap Innovations (, a pattern-based analytics software company based in Delaware, and on the advisory board of Fixstars Corp. (, 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 in 2009. 

Professor Cusumano has published 9 books and more than 70 articles. His latest book, Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy & Innovation in an Uncertain World (2010, based on the 2009 Oxford Clarendon Lectures), was named one of the top business books of 2011 by Strategy + Business magazine, with translations into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Italian. The Business of Software (2004) was named one of the best business books of the year by Steve Lohr of The New York Times and is translated into Japanese and Chinese. 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: How Intel, Microsoft & Cisco Drive Industry Innovation (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. Thinking Beyond Lean (1998, with K. Nobeoka) analyzes product development and platform strategies in the auto industry. He is also co-editor of Strategic Thinking for the Next Economy (2001) and author of Japan's Software Factories: a Challenge to U.S. Management (1991) and The Japanese Automobile Industry: Technology & Management at Nissan & Toyota (1985).

Books Published:

Books Published by Michael A. Cusumano

Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles of Managing Innovation in an Uncertain World by Michael Cusumano named one of the best business books of 2011 by strategy+business magazine: “MIT Sloan professor and alumnus earn places on year-end best books list” – MIT News – December 6, 2011

Cusumano’s book Staying Power reviewed: “The Enduring Principles of High-Tech Success” Strategy+Business – August 23, 2011

Michael Cusumano mentioned as co-author of book on "browser wars" The New York Times, Bits blog – July 30, 2009

Related News:

Michael Cusumano briefly quoted in article about Microsoft leadership
“What should Microsoft's next CEO look like?”
Bloomberg Businessweek - Online (via The Seattle Times)– October 8, 2013

Michael Cusumano talks about the approval of Dell’s founders’ buyout proposal
“Dell, Silver Lake Poised to Clinch $24.9 Billion Buyout” (includes video)
Bloomberg News - Online – September 12, 2013

Michael Cusumano quoted in item about Facebook
“Facebook stock hits record high at $45.62”
San Francisco Chronicle – September 12, 2013
Michael Cusumano quoted in coverage on Microsoft
“Technology: Microsoft’s outlook”
Financial Times – August 29, 2013

Michael Cusumano quoted in story about Microsoft’s plan to replace Steven Ballmer as its chief executive
“Questions for Microsoft as It Nears a Crossroad”
The New York Times – August 23, 2013

Michael Cusumano quoted in article about Google: “Analysis: Wall Street puzzles over Google's new direction” – Reuters Technology News – January 25, 2012

Michael Cusumano quoted in piece about the Apple iPhone 5 and personal assistant app Siri: “Siri and Apple’s Future” The New York Times, Bits blo – October 5, 2011

Michael Cusumano quoted in article about implications of Steve Jobs’ resignation: “Insight: Jobs exit opens door for nimble Apple rivals” Reuters – Friday, August 26, 2011

“Recall Woes Show New Challenges for ‘Toyota Way’“ The New York Times – February 14, 2010

Michael Cusumano quoted in article on Google's move against China (Wall Street Journal Digits blog - January 14, 2010)

Michael Cusumano quoted in an article on the launch of Windows 7 (The Economist - October 14, 2009) names Michael Cusumano one of the top 50 Agenda Setters in Information Technology

Michael Cusumano comments on U.S. automakers “Automakers Wait For President Bush to Jump In” National Public Radio, "Morning Edition" – December 19, 2008

Michael Cusumano and the failure of U.S. automakers MIT News – November 21, 2008

Michael Cusumano on Microsoft and innovation, InformationWeek – October 24, 2008

Michael Cusumano and economics of the IT industry “Highs and lows” The Economist – October 23, 2008

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Michael A. Cusumano

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Michael A. Cusumano
MIT Sloan School of Management
100 Main Street
Room E62-438
Cambridge, MA 02142

Phone: 617.253.2574
Fax: 617.253.2660
Email:cusumano "at"

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