Fiona Murray

Associate Dean For Innovation
Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative
William Porter (1967) Professor of Entrepreneurship
Faculty Director Legatum Center
Member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology (CST)


Fiona Murray

Professor Fiona Murray is the Associate Dean of Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, William Porter (1967) Professor of Entrepreneurship and an associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is also the Co-Director of MIT’s Innovation Initiative. She serves on the British Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology and has been awarded a CBE for her services to innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK.

Murray is an international expert on the transformation of investments in scientific and technical innovation into innovation-based entrepreneurship that drives jobs, wealth creation, and regional prosperity. She has a special interest in the commercialization of science from idea to impact and the mechanisms that can be effectively used to link universities with entrepreneurs, large corporations and philanthropists in that process. 

Through her leadership role in the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, she engages many global regions in designing and evaluating the policies and programs that shape vibrant innovation ecosystems: prizes competitions, accelerators, and proof of concept funding programs. She is particularly interested in new organizational arrangements for the effective commercialization of science, including public-private partnerships and patient capital/venture philanthropy.

In her recent scholarship and writing, Murray has emphasized the ways in which women and under-represented minorities are engaged in innovation ecosystem, and the ways in which different approaches to evalutating early-stage ideas can overcome the unconscious bias that she has documented in entrepreneurial funding. Her work is widely published in a range of journals, including Science, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, American Journal of Sociology, Research Policy, Organization Science, and the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Murray received her BA ’89 and MA ‘90 from the University of Oxford in Chemistry. She subsequently moved to the United States and earned an AM ’92 and PhD ’96 from Harvard University in Applied Sciences. She brings her deep appreciation of R&D to an understanding of global innovation economy and to the ways in which the next generation of global innovators should be educated.   She teaches IDEA Week (Innovation-driven Entrepreneurial Advantage) to the MIT Sloan Executive MBAs and recently started the REAL course – Regional Entrepreneurial Acceleration Lab - which gives students practical and academic insights into the design and development of innovation ecosystems around the world.  These courses encourage cross-campus collaborations that move scientific discoveries closer towards marketable products and allow for students from different stakeholder perspectives to understand the broader ecosystem. She also has a particular interest in the entrepreneurial education of scientists and engineers, and in the role of women in entrepreneurship.

Faculty Media

  • The Need For Innovation, Especially In A Crisis

    The coronavirus pandemic has jump-started America’s innovation engine as companies, institutions and entrepreneurs step up to the challenge. Fiona Murray shares insights.

  • Who Gets Grant Money? The (Gendered) Words Decide.

    New research from Fiona Murray shows female scientists are 16% less likely than men to get a high score on their grant proposal due to word choice. That needs to change.

  • Here’s How MIT is Backing African Entrepreneurship

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the most renowned universities globally, and through its Sloan School of Business it is having an impact on Africa as well.

  • How Today’s Visa Restrictions Might Impact Tomorrow’s America

    Many tech companies and scholars have raised their voices against President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order on immigration.

  • MIT Expands Action-Learning Options

    MIT’s Sloan School of Management plans to launch a pair of executive education labs to help EMBA students learn to fashion better organizational road maps and practical recommendations.

  • How MIT Is Teaching Regions Around The World To Unlock Their Entrepreneurial Potential

    The MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP) is an MIT educational program for high-level teams from around the world dedicated to working alongside MIT faculty over a 2-year...

  • Infusing Innovation Into Infrastructure

    The world needs $94 trillion in infrastructure investment by 2040, according to the G20-backed Global Infrastructure Hub. Such a massive undertaking provides a rich environment for infusing both...

  • MIT Report Illustrates Impact on Global Entrepreneurship

    This report estimates that MIT alumni have launched 30,200 active companies, employing roughly 4.6 million people, and generating roughly $1.9 trillion in annual revenues. That revenue total falls...

  • How Can Businesses Tackle Poverty?

    Fiona Murray on BBC World News.

  • Toughen Up, Princesses

    Take, for example, a study conducted by Professor Fiona Murray from MIT. She and her colleagues wanted to discover why it is that only 7 percent of female entrepreneurs are successful at obtaining...


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Leading Innovation and Inclusion

In this webinar, Fiona Murray shares research on how innovation and inclusion intersect – and why it matters.

Innovation Ecosystems: Leveraging their Power for Organizational Success and Strategic Change

In this webinar, Phil Budden and Fiona Murray discuss the MITii definition of innovation and how that informs your approach to innovation, why “the world isn’t flat” for innovation, and why it seems to thrive in certain ecosystems, which are the five key stakeholders in the most successful innovation ecosystems, and more.