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Edward B. Roberts '58, SM '58, SM '60, PhD '62

David Sarnoff Professor of Management Technology

Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Founder/Chair, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

David Sarnoff Professor of Management Technology

Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Founder/Chair, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

Edward B. Roberts ’58, SM ’58, SM ’60, PhD ’62
David Sarnoff Professor of Management Technology, 1974 - present
Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepeneurship and Strategic Management, 1970 - present
Founder/Chair, MIT Entrepeneurship Center, 1991 - 1994, 1997 - present

Edward Roberts is the David Sarnoff professor of management technology and a professor of technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategic management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author of Entrepreneurs in High-Technology: Lessons from MIT and Beyond, a foundational study of high technology entrepreneurship. Professor Roberts was a founding member of the MIT System Dynamics Group, is founder and chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and was a founder (and chair, for more than 30 years) of the Sloan School’s Management of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group. Most recently he co-created and directs the MIT Sloan Entrepreneurship and Innovation MBA track.

Professor Roberts is internationally known for his research, teaching, and active involvement in many aspects of technology management, including technology strategy, corporate venturing, product innovation management, and technology-based entrepreneurship. He has also been actively involved as a co-founder, board member, and angel investor in numerous high-tech start-ups. Professor Roberts has authored more than 160 articles and 11 books. He is also the author of an influential study, “Entrepreneurial Impact: The Role of MIT,” which explores and quantifies the impact that MIT entrepreneurship has had on the US economy. He holds four degrees from MIT.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Early years and working with his father in the oil delivery business
  • Time as an undergraduate at MIT; graduate studies in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Sloan School of Management
  • Joining the MIT faculty; formation of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and development of a relationship between MIT and NASA
  • Experiences working with Paul Samuelson, Robert Solow, and Jay Forrester; formation of the MIT System Dynamics Group
  • The entrepreneurial approach of MIT faculty and students in teaching and company formation
  • The development of Sloan School programs such as the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, the 100K Competition, and the Venture Mentoring Service

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