Robert Pozen

Senior Lecturer


Robert Pozen Bob Pozen is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He is also a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has extensive experience in business, government and journalism.

Bob was executive chairman of MFS Investment Management from 2004 to 2011; during this period, the assets of MFS more than doubled from a starting point of $130 billion.

From 1987 through 2001, he served in various positions at Fidelity Investment. During his tenure as President of Fidelity Management and Research, from 1997 thru 2001, the assets of the Fidelity Funds rose from $500 billlion to $900 billion.

Bob served as Associate General Counsel of the SEC in the late 1970s, and Chairman of the SEC's Advisory Committee on Financial Reporting in 2007-2008. He was a member of the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security, and served as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Bob has taught at Georgetown and NYU as well as Harvard and MIT. He has published seven books, mainly on financial issues. His latest book, Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours, was #3 on Fast Company’s list of best business books for 2012. In addition, he often writes editorials for the Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Bob is an outside director of Medtronic, Nielsen, and AMC (a second-tier subsidiary of the World Bank). He is also on the governing board of several non-profit organizations. He received the 2011 Fund Action Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the mutual fund industry.

Bob graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, and obtained a law degree from Yale Law School where he was a member of the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal. He also received a doctorate from Yale Law School for a book he wrote on state enterprises in Africa.

Faculty Media

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Time-maximizing Strategies of Highly Successful People

    Even the most successful individuals are looking for new and better ways to get more accomplished while maintaining or increasing their quality of life.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Productivity Wisdom: Bob Pozen's Top Five Articles

    Regardless of location, industry or occupation, productivity is a challenge faced by every professional, following us throughout our respective careers. Even as a professor and published author on...

  • How To Train Your Brain to Push Past Perfectionism

    Perfectionism isn't hard-wired, it's learned. Which means we can unlearn it too, with these methods.

  • In Pursuit of Profession: Being Extremely Productive

    Ever want to be more productive, but don’t know how to get started? I talked to author Robert Pozen, senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, about how his book, Extreme Productivity, can...

  • Surprisingly Simple Ways to Get More Done in Less Time

    Become a productivity pro with these clever ideas to maximize your workday—and your job search.

  • 12 Habits Of The Most Productive People

    You know those super-productive people who manage to get more done than the rest of us? These are their secrets.

  • State Programs to Solve the U.S.'s Retirement Crisis

    The U.S. is facing a retirement crisis. About one third of Americans have no retirement savings, and most don't have enough savings to retire comfortably.

  • Productivity Hacks From an MIT Efficiency Expert

    Between endless email chains, office chatter, and meetings to discuss future meetings, it can be hard to get work done some days. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

  • Listen: The Work Day is Getting Longer

    MIT Sloan Professor Bob Pozen joins a BBC Panel discussing how the advancement in technology make it harder to leave your work at the office.

  • How Obamacare Inadvertently Threatens The Financial Health Of Small Businesses, And What States Should Do About It

    Obamacare includes a myriad of regulatory incentives and exemptions that define the parameters of the employer mandate. However, these have inadvertent consequences.


Contact Information

Office: E62-483
Phone: (617) 715-4813
Fax: (617) 258-6855
Email: bobpozen@MIT.EDU
Support Staff
Name: Sumaiya Rahman
Phone: 617-253-6679

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Robert Pozen on Maximizing Your Personal Productivity.