Charles Fine

Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management
Professor of Operations Management and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, International Motor Vehicle Program


Charles H. Fine teaches operations strategy and supply chain management and directs the roadmapping activities in MIT's Communications Futures Program. His research focuses on supply chain strategy and value chain roadmapping, with a particular emphasis on fast clockspeed manufacturing industries. Fine's work has supported the design and improvement of supply chain relationships for companies in electronics, automotive, aerospace, communications, and consumer products. His current research examines dynamic models for assessing the leverage among the various components in complex industrial value chains and the principles for value chain design, based on strategic and logistical assessments.

Fine consults and teaches widely. Among his clients are 3M, Accenture, Agile Software, Alcan, BellSouth, Bombardier, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Delphi Automotive, Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, Fluor, GE, GM, Goodyear, Honeywell, HP, Intel, Kodak, Lucent, Mercury Computer, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, NCR, Nokia, Nortel, Oracle, Polaroid, PTC, Research-in-Motion, Rolls-Royce, Sematech, Teradyne, Toyota, TRW, Unilever, Volkswagen, Volvo, and Walsin Lihwa.

He also serves on the board of directors of Greenfuel Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company that he co-founded, which focuses on renewable energy. He is the co-director of the executive education program, Driving Strategic Innovation, which is a joint venture between MIT Sloan and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Fine is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage (Perseus Books, 1998). His work on quality management, flexible manufacturing, supply chain management, and operations strategy has also appeared in Management Science, Operations Research, the Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, the Annals of Operations Research, Games and Economic Behavior, the Sloan Management Review, the Supply Chain Management Review, and Interfaces.

Fine holds an AB in mathematics and management science from Duke University, an MS in operations research from Stanford University, and a PhD in business administration (decision sciences) from Stanford University.

Faculty Media

  • No Risk, No Reward: Seattle Should Approve a $15 Minimum Wage

    Last week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a plan to raise the citys minimum wage to $15 an hour. Thats much higher than any minimum wage in the United States. In fact, it would be the highest in...

  • Free Live Webinar! The Good Jobs Strategy: Why Good Jobs Are Good for Businesses with Zeynep Ton

    Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:00 p.m. (EDT) Professor Ton will examine how organizations can design and manage their operations in a way that everyone--employees, customers, and investors--wins....

  • How Gap's wage hike will boost its bottom line

    MIT Sloan Professor Zeynep Ton discusses how Gap Inc's pledge to increase worker pay is about much more than good PR.

  • A Revolution in Retail: Treat Workers Well to Boost Profits

    MIT Sloan professor Zeynep Ton did a radio interview with Eleanor LeCain, President of The Breakthrough Way, on The Good Jobs Strategy. LeCain featured highlights in the Huffington Post (the audio...

  • Rethinking the Retail Model

    Zeynep Ton's terrific new book titled The Good Jobs Strategy strengthens the case that many retailers might be well-served to reconsider their strategy and put human-capital investment higher on...

  • "The Good Jobs Strategy": Can Companies Invest In Workers For Bigger Profits?

    Can Companies Invest In Workers For Bigger Profits? MIT Sloan's Zeynep Ton discusses her new book, The Good Jobs Strategy, with WGBH News.

  • Sears Should Try

    Sears and other retailers - especially low-end ones - are hurting their own bottom lines by under-investing in their stores and employees, says Zeynep Ton, author of the "The Good Jobs Strategy"....

  • Upsizing

    In her new book, The Good Jobs Strategy, MIT Sloan professor Zeynep Ton says companies can improve their bottom line by doing the seemingly unthinkable: treating their employees better.

  • Thinking Outside the (Big) Box

    Zeynep Ton's central thesis is that many of those big-box retailers have been making a strategic error: Even the most coldhearted, money-hungry capitalists ought to realize that increasing their...

  • Stop Forcing Employees To Work On Thanksgiving

    Conventional corporate wisdom is that bad jobs are the only way to keep costs down and prices low. Otherwise, customers would have to pay more or companies would have to make less. But I have been...


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Teaches In

Advanced Management Program May 26-Jun 26, 2015

Developing a Leading Edge Operations Strategy Nov 4-5, 2014 | Apr 14-15, 2015 | Nov 3-4, 2015

Supply Chain Strategy and Management Nov 6-7, 2014 | Apr 16-17, 2015 | Jun 18-19, 2015 | Nov 5-6, 2015