Matt Marx

Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Boston University Questrom School of Business


Matt Marx

Matt Marx is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the Boston University Questrom School of Business and was previously Associate Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies the mobility of knowledge workers as well as the commercialization and diffusion of new technologies.

He has published extensively on the impact of employee non-compete agreements and has testified frequently on behalf of reform efforts. His work has been recognized with a Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship and the INFORMS award for best innovation and entrepreneurship article published in Management Science or Organization Science during 2009.

Professor Marx previously worked as a software engineer and an executive at technology startups SpeechWorks and Tellme Networks, where he received six patents. He holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, a master's degree from the MIT Media Lab, and an MBA as well as a doctoral degree from Harvard Business School.

Faculty Media

  • Noncompete Agreements Spread, Cutting Off the Right to a New Job

    The growth of noncompete agreements is part of a broad shift in which companies assert ownership over work experience as well as work.

  • Friends That Change Jobs Together Make More Money

    Soon, you could be working with all your friends and making more money.

  • This Is the Year Boston Eradicates Noncompetes

    Marx puts it this way: “Where noncompetes are not enforced, there's a more open labor market — companies compete for talent. We used to have a saying at the Silicon Valley start-up where I worked,...

  • Switchback: The Startup Strategy That Might Be Right For You

    When launching a new technology or product, entrepreneurs typically can choose to bring it to market on their own, or partner up with others who have more expertise in the field. However, new...

  • State Holds Hearing on Non-compete Pacts

    Matt Marx, an associate professor of entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, said that in the 10 years of research he has done on agreements barring employees from working for a...

  • Study Details the Quirky Geography of Knowledge-Sharing

    Scholars have long been interested in tracking “knowledge spillovers,” the way technical and intellectual advances spread among communities of researchers and innovators. And a significant body of...

  • Taking A Wait-And-See Approach With Disruptive Innovations

    There’s been quite the brouhaha lately about disruptive innovation. On one side is Harvard Professor Clay Christensen (author of The Innovator’s Dilemma) and his long-prevailing theory about...

  • Why Non-Compete Agreements are Not Always Good for Business

    My research paper Regional disadvantage? Employee non-compete agreements and brain drain (co-authored with Matt Marx of MIT Sloan School of Management and Lee Fleming of the University California,...


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Teaches In

Advanced Management Program May 29-Jun 28, 2018