Charles Fine

Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management
Professor of Operations Management and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, International Motor Vehicle Program


Charles Fine 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

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] MIT’s Charles Fine Envisions the Future of Urban Mobility

    We’ve had a century-long love affair with the car and, for the most part, it’s been a great ride. But our relationship with automobiles is changing.

  • A New B-School Startup From MIT Sloan Reinvents The MBA Experience

    MIT Professor Charles Fine was asked to lead an unusual business school startup in Kuala Lumpur three years ago, and has done so with great success.

  • MIT Sloan, Bank Negara Malaysia Collaborate to Establish Asia School of Business

    MIT Sloan School of Management has entered into a 10-year collaboration with Bank Negara Malaysia to establish the Asia School of Business (ASB) in the English-speaking global financial center of...

  • MIT Sloan Announces Collaboration with Malaysia’s Central Bank to Found the Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur

    Professor Charles Fine will serve as president and dean; School will open in September 2016.

  • 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....

  • Bringing Process Innovation and Creativity into Operations

    "It used to be that all Procter & Gamble products were developed in their R&D labs," commented MIT Sloan Professor Charles Fine in the article Your Next Supply Chain, MIT Sloan Management Review. "...

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

    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 complexity and...

  • Weathering the Weather

    Since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, catastrophes like the massive floods in Thailand and Pakistan, a prolonged drought in the Southwestern United States, and the one-two punch...

  • 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...

  • Manufacturing Sector in India to Grow as Talent Base Expands

    Manufacturing as a specialized stream of management education is evolving in India. Hero MotoCorp Ltd, India's largest two-wheeler company, is setting up the Munjal Global Manufacturing Institute (...


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