Pierre Azoulay

Sloan Distinguished Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management


Pierre Azoulay Pierre Azoulay is the Sloan Distinguished Associate Professor of Management and an Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Azoulay teaches courses on strategy and technology strategy at MIT Sloan. Previously, he was an associate professor of management at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. His research centers on how organizational design and social networks influence the productivity of research and development in the healthcare sector. Currently, Azoulay is studying the impact of superstar researchers on the research productivity of their colleagues in the academic life sciences. He also is interested in the topic of academic entrepreneurship, having recently concluded a major study of the antecedents and consequences of academic patenting. In the past, he has investigated the outsourcing strategies of pharmaceutical firms, in particular the role played by contract research organizations in the clinical trials process. He is a faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Azoulay holds a Diplôme D’études Supérieures de Gestion from the Institut National des Télécommunications, an MA in telecommunications from Michigan State University, and a PhD in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management

Faculty Media

  • The Internet of “Stuff Your Mom Won’t Do for You Anymore”

    Platforms are what our friend Pierre Azoulay, an economist at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, calls “the internet of things your mom won’t do for you anymore.”

  • Ideas, Then Tech

    MIT Sloan's Pierre Azoulay takes a broad, conceptual view of how CUs need to embrace technology to drive innovation and market success.

  • Scientists Are Trying to Figure Out the Best Way to Spend Money on Science

    A provocative new study by two biologists appears at first glance to highlight a worrisome paradox: As the nation's investment in the science that underlies new therapies has increased over the...

  • Three Questions: Pierre Azoulay on the Value of Funding the NIH

    New study shows publicly funded research spurs private drug development.

  • How the 'Matthew Effect' Helps Some Scientific Papers Gain Popularity

    A new study co-authored by an MIT economist reports that high-status authorship increases how frequently papers are cited in the life sciences but finds some subtle twists in how this happens. "We...

  • Scientific Drought, Golden Eggs, and Global Leadership — Why Trump’s NIH Funding Cuts Would Be a Disaster

    The president’s proposal has far-reaching implications for public health, research and drug development, and keeping America at the forefront of innovation.

  • Determining the Effect of Scientific Retractions

    Research measures “citation penalty” for authors of recanted work.

  • Studying Scientists with Pierre Azoulay

    Pierre Azoulay, an economist at MIT Sloan, studies how life scientists work—or, more precisely, what makes them work well.

  • Scientists: This Man Has Your Number

    Attention, star scientists: Pierre Azoulay is watching you. Not literally, of course: Azoulay, an economist, inhabits an office tucked away in the MIT Sloan School of Management, far from any lab....

  • 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...


Contact Information

Phone: (617) 258-9766
Fax: (617) 253-2660
Email: pazoulay@mit.edu
Website: http://pazoulay.scripts.mit.edu/
Support Staff
Name: Catherine Sazonenka
Phone: (617) 253-6621

Teaches In

Advanced Management Program May 29-Jun 29, 2018

Developing and Managing a Successful Technology Strategy Oct 23-24, 2017 | Mar 20-21, 2018 | Jun 26-27, 2018 | Oct 9-10, 2018

Platform Strategy: Building and Thriving in a Vibrant Ecosystem Oct 25-26, 2017 | Apr 10-11, 2018 | Jun 7-8, 2018 | Oct 23-24, 2018

Faculty Insights

Pierre Azoulay on Platform Strategy: Building and Thriving in a Vibrant Ecosystem.