Charles Fine

Charles H. Fine, Ph.D.
Chrysler LGO Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School,
President and Dean, Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Charles Fine

Charles H Fine is the founding President and Dean of the Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a collaboration between the MIT Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia, the country’s central bank. For more than 30 years at MIT Sloan, Professor Fine has taught MBA and Executive Education courses in Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, and Innovation. He led the collaboration between MIT Sloan and the Indian School of Business on manufacturing curriculum development (2011-14), and was a founding co-director of MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design (2012) and a founding co-director of MIT’s Communications Futures Program (2002). He previously served as co-director of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program (1993-1998).

Professor Fine’s recent research focuses on the development of principles for entrepreneurial companies to build operations strategies and capabilities consistent with their business objectives.  His previous work addressed strategic supply chain design principles for fast-clockspeed manufacturing and service industries. 

Professor Fine has an AB in Mathematics and Management Science from Duke University, and an MS in Operations Research and a PhD in Business Administration (Decision Sciences) from Stanford University. He 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 a variety of leading publications.

Professor Fine has consulted and taught widely in industry, with clients including Accenture, Axiata, Agile Software, Alcan, BellSouth, Best Buy, Boeing, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bombardier, Booz-Allen, BP, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Delphi Automotive, Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, Embraer, ESI, Fidelity, Fluor, GE, GM, Goodyear, Gore, HP, Honeywell, Intel, Kodak, Li & Fung, Lockheed-Martin, Lucent, Mercury Computer, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Motorola, 3M, NCR, Nokia, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Nortel, Novartis, Oracle, Polaroid, Porsche, PTC, Research-in-Motion, Rolls-Royce, Schlumberger, Sematech, Sony, Tata, Teradyne, Toyota, TRW, Unilever, Volkswagen, Volvo, Walsin Lihwa.


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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