Fiona Murray

Associate Dean for Innovation & Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative;
William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship;
Faculty Director Legatum Center;
Member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology (CST)


Fiona Murray 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

  • MIT Expands Action-Learning Options

    MIT’s Sloan School of Management plans to launch a pair of executive education labs to help EMBA students learn to fashion better organizational road maps and practical recommendations.

  • How MIT Is Teaching Regions Around The World To Unlock Their Entrepreneurial Potential

    The MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP) is an MIT educational program for high-level teams from around the world dedicated to working alongside MIT faculty over a 2-year...

  • MIT Report Illustrates Impact on Global Entrepreneurship

    This report estimates that MIT alumni have launched 30,200 active companies, employing roughly 4.6 million people, and generating roughly $1.9 trillion in annual revenues. That revenue total falls...

  • How Can Businesses Tackle Poverty?

    Fiona Murray on BBC World News.

  • 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...

  • Academia Develops Technology to Boost Entrepreneurial Talents

    Women in the US state of Indiana are receiving help to succeed in technology and entrepreneurship with the assistance of the WomenIN incubator, which was recently launched.

  • From Bench to Board: Gender Differences in University Scientists’ Participation in Commercial Science

    Does gender affect whether a university scientist will be invited to work with for-profit companies? Indeed it does. A new paper finds that male professors receive more opportunities than their...

  • Why Entrepreneurs in the Developing World Need New Funding Models

    Increasingly, it is innovation-driven entrepreneurs who are providing effective and scalable solutions rather than aid agencies or governments, writes Fiona Murray.

  • A Crash Course in Bringing Lab Technologies to Market

    Doug Hart figured he had a winner on his hands. About 10 years into his tenure as mechanical engineering professor at MIT, his lab developed a scanning technology that made cheap and accurate...

  • The Sexism of Startup Land

    Is the road to success more difficult for female entrepreneurs?


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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, spoke with Comcast Newsmakers to discuss how Boston acquired this status, what it means, and how she helps other regions boost their own economies.