Fiona Murray

Associate Dean for Innovation & Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative;
Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship;
Faculty Director, Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship; Faculty Director Legatum Center; Member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology (CST)


Fiona MurrayProfessor 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, and was recently appointed to the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST).

Her research interests focus on entrepreneurship, 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 shape vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems: 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 at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 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 has recently started the REAL course – Regional Entrepreneurial Acceleration Lab - which gives students practical and academic insights into the design and development of entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.

Murray holds a BA and MA in chemistry from Merton College, University of Oxford, and an MS in engineering sciences and a PhD in applied sciences from Harvard University.

Faculty Media

  • The Sexism of Startup Land

    Is the road to success more difficult for female entrepreneurs?

  • Deval Patrick to Participate in MIT's Innovation Initiative

    Fiona Murray, the Bill Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship and associate dean for innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, says she looks forward to having Patrick share his ideas with...

  • Congratulations to Professor Fiona Murray!

    In December 2014, she was named a Commander in the Order of the British Empire. Murray uses her research into entrepreneurship and innovation to benefit both public and private sectors. She has...

  • Three Questions: Fiona Murray on Female Entrepreneurship

    The MIT professor discusses her research on the challenges that face women entrepreneurs, as well as possible solutions.

  • Fiona Murray on Boston's Innovation Culture and REAP

    Boston is ranked the top city of the global innovation economy. Fiona Murray, Associate Dean of Innovation at MIT Sloan joins Newsmakers to discuss how Boston acquired this status, what it means,...

  • MIT’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

    Designed and led by some of the world’s brightest minds in management—the MIT Sloan faculty—the Exchange 62: Now and Next colloquium offered a window into the challenges faced by today’s...

  • REAP: A Global Program that Addresses the Intricacies of Entrepreneurship

    What makes regions more or less successful when it comes to entrepreneurship? What about Kendall Square has made the area such a powerful entrepreneurial hotspot? These questions and others like...

  • Toughen Up, Princesses

    Take, for example, a study conducted by Professor Fiona Murray from MIT. She and her colleagues wanted to discover why it is that only 7 percent of female entrepreneurs are successful at obtaining...

  • London Tech City: An Emerging Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

    "Several visits to Britain to meet a wide range of entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers interested in London's entrepreneurial ecosystem have confirmed that London is a serious place for...

  • Should Scientists Handle Retractions Differently?

    Retractions, with a twist: Even valid older research, when intellectually related to a retracted study, loses credibility—especially if the retracted paper involves malfeasance. The fallout from...


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