Fiona Murray

Professor Fiona Murray is the Associate Dean of Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Faculty Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. She is the Co-Director of MIT’s Initiative for Innovation. She is also an associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Murray holds an MA in chemistry from Merton College, University of Oxford, and an MS and PhD in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University.

Professor Murray’s research interests focus on entrepreneurship and the commercialization of science, women in entrepreneurship and the economics of innovation. She has done extensive work with entrepreneurs, governments, large corporations and philanthropists designing and evaluating the policies and programs that enable the key stakeholders in entrepreneurial ecosystems to create innovation-driven enterprises: prizes competitions, accelerators, patent licensing rules and proof of concept funding programs. She works particularly closely with the British Government, serving on the No. 10 Advisory Group on Entrepreneurship. Her work is multi-disciplinary, drawing mainly on economics and sociology, and published in diverse journals: Science, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Sociology, Organization Science, and Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

After a short time on the faculty of Oxford University’s Said Business School, Professor Murray joined MIT Sloan where she is now Faculty Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. In this role, Fiona works on the design and delivery of entrepreneurship education. She teaches the “Innovation Teams” course, which assembles teams of students from across MIT to learn the process of technology commercialization, with a focus on evaluating a technology’s potential for significant commercial and social impact. She recently started the Regional Entrepreneurial Acceleration Lab giving students insights into the design and development of entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.


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