Scott Stern

David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology
Professor, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management


Scott Stern Scott Stern is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology and Chair of the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Stern explores how innovation—the production and distribution of “ideas”—differs from more traditional economic goods, and the implications of these differences for entrepreneurship, business strategy, and public policy. His research in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on the drivers of commercialization strategy for technology entrepreneurs, the determinants of R&D productivity in both the public and private sector, and the role of incentives and organizational design on the process of innovation.

He works widely with both companies and governments in understanding the drivers and consequences of innovation and entrepreneurship, and has worked extensively in understanding the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in competitiveness and regional economic performance.

Stern started his career at MIT, where he worked from 1995 to 2001. Before returning to MIT in 2009, he held positions as a professor at the Kellogg School of Management and as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Stern is the director of the Innovation Policy Working Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2005, he was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

Stern holds a BA in economics from New York University and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

Faculty Media

  • The Conditions for Entrepreneurship

    There’s no doubt that we’re in an era of the cult of the entrepreneur.

  • Glacial Pace For SMB Job Creation?

    In an interview with the WSJ, Scott Stern, who serves as professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a focus on entrepreneurship, said that “there is a great disconnect between the...

  • Why Startups Are Struggling

    New work by the MIT economists Scott Stern and Jorge Guzman shows that in 15 U.S. states between 1988 and 2014 there was no long-term decline in the formation of what they call “high-quality”...

  • Don’t Expect New Crowdfunding Rules to Create a Startup Boom

    An MIT study by Jorge Guzman and Scott Stern used a precise measure to distinguish between new businesses that aspire to grow like startups and new small businesses that are unlikely to make a...

  • Scientific Drought, Golden Eggs, and Global Leadership — Why Trump’s NIH Funding Cuts Would Be a Disaster

    The president’s proposal has far-reaching implications for public health, research and drug development, and keeping America at the forefront of innovation.

  • 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...

  • The Relationship Between High-Quality Startups and Geography

    We know that startups are highly concentrated in certain places in the U.S. But a new report finds that high-quality startups are even more so.

  • The U.S. Startup Economy Is in Both Better and Worse Shape than We Thought

    Startup activity can signal a city’s economic potential, but it’s actually the quality of the startups, not the quantity, that matters.

  • The Crisis in American Entrepreneurship

    America’s entrepreneurs are brimming with promising ideas. But they appear to be struggling to transform innovations and insights into successful companies with broad reach.

  • 4 Moves You Must Make to Create a Billion-Dollar Company

    MIT researchers have unearthed attributes the most successful startups share. Here's how that can help you.


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