Phil Budden

Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management


Phil Budden Phil Budden is a Senior Lecturer at MIT's Management School, in Sloan's TIES (Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic-management) Group, where he focuses on 'innovation-driven entrepreneurship' (IDE) and innovation ecosystems.

Phil co-teaches in the successful 'Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program' (REAP), an ExecEd program for regional teams from around the globe interested in accelerating 'innovation-driven entrepreneurship'; in the related 15.364 class, known as the 'Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Lab' (REAL), aimed at MBAs and Sloan Fellows; and on similar topics in a variety of degree and ExecEd settings.

Phil's approach combines academic, historical and real-world perspectives on how different stakeholders - including Entrepreneurs, Universities and 'Risk Capital' providers, alongside Corporate enterprises and Government policymakers - can all contribute to building successful innovation ecosystems. Phil is currently on leave from the British Government, and joins MIT having worked recently in Boston's private sector for the Royal Bank of Scotland's US subsidiary, Citizens Bank, where he focused on financing transatlantic (especially British-American) trade and investment. His background as a diplomat makes him well-suited to the 'global innovation' of REAP/REAL, the interplay among the REAP teams, and the negotiations within the 'innovation ecosystems' (especially between Corporate and Government stakeholders).

In the fall of 2012, while a Visiting Scholar at MIT, Phil had undertaken a project on innovation and entrepreneurship for the British Prime Minister's office at No 10 (and UK Trade and Investment) to inform the UK's Entrepreneurs Campaign. From 2007 until 2012, he had served as the British Consul General to New England, in which role he had been responsible for transatlantic business issues, including trade and investment, corporate/government affairs, as well as science and innovation, leading him to an abiding interest in entrepreneurship. In that time, he also moved the British Consulate to One Broadway (aka e70) to be closer to MIT, Sloan and Kendall Square.

Prior to MIT, Phil had joined the British Foreign Office in 1993, and spent his first decade as a diplomat focused on Britain's membership of the European Union (EU), involving its key economic, financial and technology policies. After 9/11, his second decade as a British diplomat was spent in the US: first at the British Embassy in Washington (2002-2007), focused on transatlantic economic and business issues, including technology security, international science and innovation links, and trade policy; and later based in Boston (2007-2012) as Her Britannic Majesty's Consul General to New England.

In sum, Phil has held these posts with the British government: British Cabinet Office, London (5/6/2001 - 6/30/2002); British Embassy, Washington DC (7/1/2002 - 8/5/2007); 1st Secretary (UK-US Technology, Science & Innovation) Washington DC; Adviser to the PM at No10 (European/institutional strategy) London, UK.

Phil holds a BA and MA in History from Lincoln College, the University of Oxford; an MA in History and Government from Cornell University; and a PhD (DPhil) in History and International Political Economy from the University of Oxford.

Faculty Media

  • There’s No Monopoly On Innovation

    Authentic innovation doesn’t happen by itself, but it can be planned for.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Is Greece Missing an Opportunity to Turn to Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship?

    Phil Budden, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan, argues in Fortune that the current fiscal crisis can be turned into an opportunity for the Greece.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] What Sort of Brexit Is It: Light Continental or Full English?

    As the initial turmoil of Brexit has subsided, many executive are wondering what issues and implications they might be watching out for in the coming months. MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer and former...

  • 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.

  • Would A ‘Brexit’ Matter To America? A Former British Diplomat On What’s At Stake

    While Americans can be forgiven for favoring the latest pictures of the Royal Family or the pageantry of the Queen’s 90th birthday, make no mistake: Britain’s upcoming sovereign decision matters...

  • Innovation Diplomacy: World Comes to Greater Boston to Learn Innovation from MIT

    Greater Boston is already widely-regarded as a global business hub.

  • How MIT is Supporting Innovation in Britain

    Phil Budden is a senior lecturer faculty member at MIT’s Management School, and—as a former British diplomat (ex-FCO)—is advisor to MIT’s global REAP programme. In this article, he reveals how MIT...

  • Meet Phil Budden, Britain's Consul-General for New England

    Phil Budden, Britain's Consul-General for New England, will talk about the strong relationship built on historic, business and cultural connections.

  • Advice for Greece: Don’t Let a Crisis Go to Waste

    The debt-troubled nation has a chance to turn its economy around by creating a business-friendly climate for start-ups.

  • Greater Boston: A World-class Hub of Entrepreneurship

    As the British Consul in Boston, I had the privilege to work on strengthening long-standing business connections between Britain and New England, and was always impressed with the hub of innovation...


Contact Information

Office: E62-471
Email: pbudden@MIT.EDU
Support Staff
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Phone: 617-253-6621

Teaches In

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.

MIT REAP helps London scale its innovation ecosystem

In this blog post, Phil Budden writes about how the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Development Program (REAP) is fostering innovation in London.