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Interview with Alan MacCormack on Collaboration

March 2008 - By Dr. Nagendra V Chowdary

The management of innovation is changing. No longer is the creation and pursuit of new ideas the bastion of large central R&D departments within vertically integrated organizations.
– Alan MacCormack
Effective executive interview with Alan MacCormack on Collaboration

Alan MacCormack is an Associate Professor in the Technology and Operations Management area at the Harvard Business School. His research examines the management of technology and innovation in hightechnology industries, with a particular emphasis on the software industry. Among recent studies, he has explored the design of effective processes for developing new products in the face of uncertainty; and developed methods to measure the impact of "architectural" design decisions on product performance and evolution. His work has been

published in a variety of leading journals including Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Management Science, and IEEE Software. The author of over 50 cases and teaching notes, Alan has worked with leading organizations like Intel, Microsoft and General Motors to help develop better approaches to the management of innovation, assessing how these firms can sense emerging threats to their core businesses and exploit new opportunities for value creation.

Alan received his doctorate from Harvard Business School in 1998, where he was a recipient of the George S Dively award for distinguished research. He holds a Masters degree in Management

from MIT's Sloan School of Management, and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bath in England. He currently teaches an MBA elective course titled "Managing Innovation and Product Development," which explores how firms can systematically identify and exploit new innovation opportunities.

He can also be reached at

Useful for Understanding of:

  • Innovation through global collaboration
  • Trends that drive to collaborative approaches
  • Principles for successful collaboration
  • How firms collaboration effort support their business strategy
  • How firms collaboration effort support their business strategy
  • Potential of areas of conflict in collaboration initiatives
Originally Published in Effective Executive, IUP
Effective Executive Reference No. 03M-2008-03-10-06
IBSCDC Reference No. INT0053
Year and Month of Publication March 2008
Keywords Alan MacCormack, Innovation, global collaboration, collaborative approaches, collaboration, business strategy, collaborative capabilities, collaboration initiatives
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