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)


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, 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

  • 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 &...

  • Turn Detroit into Drone Valley: How to Build Innovation Clusters Beyond California

    The popular recipe for creating "the next Silicon Valley" has failed for a variety of reasons. Taking a closer look, how is it possible to create an innovation ecosystem with government, academia...

  • Greater Boston 2014 outlook: Entrepreneurial opportunity in the global innovation economy

    As we dig out of the first snowstorm of the year, we are reminded of one of the great appeals of Silicon Valley: the beautiful weather! And yet we both see having just co-taught a course at MIT...

  • Toughen up, princesses

    Take, for example, a study conducted by Professor Fiona Murray from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She and her colleagues wanted to discover why it is that only 7 per cent of female...

  • What's Wrong with Female Entrepreneurs?

    Professor Fiona Murray, the MIT Sloan Professor of Entrepreneurship, Associate Dean for Innovation and Co-director of the MIT Innovation Initiative, did some groundbreaking entrepreneurship...

  • Greater Boston 2014 Outlook: Entrepreneurial Opportunity in the Global Innovation Economy

    Greater Boston and Massachusetts have many sources of competitive advantage that still make it a leading global hub for entrepreneurship and innovation, with new opportunities in 2014.

  • 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...

  • Spurring Innovation Through Competitions

    Traditional approaches to generating new ideas—most notably large corporate R&D labs staffed with world-class talent—are expensive and often produce disappointing results. In response, companies...

  • How Female Entrepreneurs Can Get in the Venture-Capital Game

    Professor Fiona Murray, the MIT Sloan Professor of Entrepreneurship, Associate Dean for Innovation and Co-director of the MIT Innovation Initiative, did some groundbreaking Entrepreneurship...

  • Letter announcing new associate deans for innovation

    It is with great pleasure that we write to announce the appointments of Fiona Murray as MIT Sloan's Associate Dean for Innovation and Vladimir Bulovi as the MIT School of Engineering's Associate...


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