Robert Pozen

Senior Lecturer, Technological Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management


Robert Pozen

Bob Pozen is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a former president of Fidelity Investments and executive chairman of MFS Investment Management. 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 Investments. During his tenure as President of Fidelity Management and Research, from 1997 thru 2001, the assets of the Fidelity Funds rose from $500 billion 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

  • What Is The Future Of Work In A Post-Coronavirus World?

    The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread unemployment, a giant shift to working from home in many sectors, and increased activism calling for better pay, safety standards, and sick leave...

  • It’s Time To Stop Measuring Productivity In Hours

    The pandemic has reinforced how foolish it is to link time and output, when it comes to knowledge-based work. Robert Pozen shares insights on how to measure productivity more effectively.

  • Is a Four-Day Workweek the Answer to Work-Life Balance AND Productivity?

    Robert Pozen argues that contribution of knowledge workers should be measured by what they accomplish and the value they create, not by how long their day or week is.

  • The False Promise of Morning Routines

    Robert Pozen is featured in this article on practical ways to be more productive in the morning.

  • Microsoft Proved a Four-Day Workweek Improved Productivity in Japan. Can Its Results Translate to the U.S.?

    Robert Pozen discusses some of the benefits.

  • How Does Your Productivity Stack Up?

    Survey results and research by MIT Sloan’s Bob Pozen reveal common habits and skills among highly productive managers.

  • Four Ways for MBAs to Maximize Productivity From an MIT Sloan Professor

    Bob Pozen provides insights on how students can boost their productivity to make the most of their time in business school.

  • The Most Successful People Have This Trait in Common, According to a MIT Survey of 20,000 People About Productivity

    Using responses from the nearly 20,000 who voluntarily participated in the survey, Pozen and his team identified the groups of people with the highest productivity ratings and homed in on the...

  • What Makes Some People More Productive Than Others

    Research from Bob Pozen on common traits highly productive people share.

  • [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.


Contact Information

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Fax: (617) 258-6855
Email: bobpozen@MIT.EDU
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Get More Done in Less Time: 3 Big Ideas for Extreme Productivity

In this webinar, Bob Pozen shared some tips on how to become more productive.

Time-maximizing strategies of highly successful people

There are few executives today who don't wish they could be more productive. Even the most successful individuals are looking for new and better ways to get more accomplished while maintaining or increasing their quality of life. Our recent blog post includes some tips from Bob Pozen and others to get you started.