Michael A. Cusumano
MIT Sloan School

Michael A. Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management and Engineering Systems at the MIT Sloan School of Management, with a joint appointment in MITís Engineering Systems Division. He specializes in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in the software business. He is a graduate of Princeton Harvard, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Production and Operations Management at Harvard Business School. He 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 Corporation, a Japanese developer of high-performance computing applications; and H-5 Technologies, which focuses on digital search technology. He also has consulted for dozens of major organizations around the world and is the author or co-author of 8 books, including The Software Business (2004), Platform Leadership (2002), Competing on Internet Time (1998), Microsoft Secrets (1995), and Japan's Software Factories (1991).