Prof. James M Utterback

David J McGrath Jr (1959) Professor of Management and Innovation, Emeritus
Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Emeritus

Primary DLC

MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Room: E62-467


Stephanie Taverna

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Product Development and Design
Technological Innovation
Manufacturing Systems
Behavioral and Policy Sciences (BPS)
Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TIE)

Research Summary

James Utterback delves into the emergence of dominant product designs and studies how to develop products in keeping with a company’s overall strategy. He also probes how to move concepts effectively to market. Utterback recently coauthored Design-Inspired Innovation (World Scientific Publications, Dec. 2006), which contains a wealth of information about the design process using numerous real-world examples and proposes that success often comes in clusters as formal and informal networks promote innovation and growth. He is also the author of the influential Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation (Harvard Business School Press, 1994), which looks at the creative and destructive effects of technological change on the life of a company.

Recent Work