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Dr. Michael A. Cusumano


Michael A. Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management. He specializes in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in the software business. He received a B.A. degree from Princeton in 1976 and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1984, and 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. He has been a director of several public and private software companies, and has consulted for approximately 50 major corporations around the world, including Alcatel, AOL, AT&T, Business Objects, Cisco, Ericsson, Fiat, Telecom Italia, Ford, Fujitsu, General Electric, Fidelity, Hitachi, i2 Technologies, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, NASA, NEC, Nokia, NorTel, Robert Bosch, Schlumberger, Siemens, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. Professor Cusumano is the co-author of the international best-seller Microsoft Secrets (1995, with Richard Selby), which has been translated into 14 languages, as well as the top-10 Business Week book Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and its Battle with Microsoft (1998, with David Yoffie). He has also published Platform Leadership: How Intel, Microsoft, and Cisco Drive Industry Innovation (2002, with Annabelle Gawer); Thinking Beyond Lean: Multi-Project Management at Toyota and Other Companies (1998, with Kentaro Nobeoka); Strategic Thinking for the Next Economy (2001, with Costas Markides); Japan's Software Factories (1991); and The Japanese Automobile Industry (1985). His most recent book is The Business of Software: What Every Manager, Programmer, and Entrepreneur Must Know to Thrive and Survive, in Good Times and Bad.
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Dr. Michael A. Cusumano