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

  • Your Next Supply Chain

    New forces and dynamics are emerging to influence the supply chain designs of the future. And even the old forces are influencing it in new ways. Interviews with David Simchi-Levi and Charles H....


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  • Bringing process innovation and creativity into operations

    Procter & Gambles New Approach to Product Development Like many consumer packaged goods companies, Procter & Gamble conducted most of its new product development in its R&D Labs. The company...


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  • Intelli-Sourcing to Replace Offshoring as Supply Chain Transparency Increases

    Abstract In the past twenty years, there has been an evolution in the way that sourcing and global manufacturing are viewed. While price is important, it is no longer supreme, as increased...


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  • Weathering the Weather


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  • Your Next Supply Chain

    How have strategies for supply chain design changed in recent years? What are the forces most profoundly shaping them now? What kinds of models have emerged for companies to consider, choose among...


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  • The Faster New World of Healthcare

    The developing health IT infrastructure, with its host of new applications, is ushering in the most intensely competitive era in the healthcare industrys history, by sharply accelerating the...


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  • Charles Fine | Manufacturing sector in India to grow as talent base expands

    New Delhi: Manufacturing as a specialized stream of management education is evolving in India. Hero MotoCorp Ltd, Indias largest two-wheeler company, is setting up the Munjal Global Manufacturing...


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  • Automotive Lightweighting as a Strategic Opportunity for Indias Automotive Industry

    Suppose you could leapfrog 100 years of experience in the automotive industry and begin a new manufacturing epoch. The strategic change you would make is to lightweight the vehicle, observes...


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Contact Information

Office: E62-466
Phone: 617-253-3632
Fax: 617-253-6720
Email: charley@mit.edu
Website: http://web.mit.edu/ctpid/www/people/Fine.html
Support Staff
Name: David Merrill
Phone: 617-253-3341

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

Executive Program in General Management: India-U.S.-Online Dec 11, 2014 - Oct 23, 2015 | Apr 12-17, 2015 | Oct 18-23, 2015