Peter Hirst

Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education


Peter Hirst Dr. Peter Hirst leads the team of professionals who partner with clients and faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management to develop, design, and deliver innovative executive education programs for individuals and companies.

Formerly CEO of the commercialization, consulting, and executive education business of the London School of Economics, he has over fifteen years of experience in international strategy, technology consulting and organizational development. He has also served as a director and board adviser to businesses and non-profit organizations on three continents. He is a past president of the British American Business Council of New England, for which he currently serves as a board director and a founding member of its Energy and Environment Committee, and is a trustee of the American Foundation of the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Peter earned a PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, for research in plasma physics and microwave engineering. After a period of academic entrepreneurship in a variety of related fields, including optoelectronics, neural network computing, and the interfaces between technology and terrorism, he was appointed Westminster Fellow in the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, where he advised MPs and Peers of all parties on policy issues in the physical sciences, defense and IT.

In 2012, Peter was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his service to British and American business and academia interests.

Faculty Media

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Modern Workplace: How MIT is Expanding its Flex Work Guidelines

    Our Associate Dean takes an extensive look at the modern workplace and how MIT is staying competitive.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Making Sense of IoT with the Best of MIT

    Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending the Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) in London.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Who Said Work Shouldn't Be Fun?

    A few years ago, a sailboat captain who had given up a 9-5 desk job in Boston to skipper tourists around a Caribbean paradise asked me, "Who ever said that work shouldn't be fun?" What a great...

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Developing Principled, Innovative leaders: What Does MIT Sloan's Mission Mean Today?

    The phrase "principled, innovative leaders" especially has been on my mind—what does it mean, really? What qualities make a principled, innovative leader? Who are the principled, innovative leaders...

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] “Unreally” Engaging Online Learning

    While the impending storm made it impossible for many participants to attend the live session of the popular Big Data course, MIT Sloan Executive Education embraced the opportunity to turn a...

  • How to Support Remote Work & Decide What's Right for Your Team

    Associate Dean Peter Hirst on remote work forces.

  • Beyond Devices: What Business Leaders Need to Know About the Internet of Things

    Manufacturing, entertainment, government, transportation, municipal services, healthcare and life sciences—the Internet of Things really does affect every sector.

  • How to Avoid Mid-Career Doldrums: Rediscover the Joy of Learning

    If you’re an experienced professional, once-exciting work can start to feel like a daily grind. You know your job inside and out, few things about it engage you, and fewer yet offer inspiration to...

  • MIT Sloan Tests Out Mobile Telepresence Technology

    “I was trying to find a way for our remote colleague to inte­grate more fully into our work here, and telepresence robots came back to my mind,” Hirst says.

  • Op-Ed: Are We There Yet? Catching Up With the Internet of Things

    As a believer in tech-powered economic opportunities, I can’t help but feel disappointed when a highly promising technology doesn’t develop as rapidly as forecasts would have it. Now we are in 2016...


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