Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT, Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, Associate Dean for Innovation
Professor Fiona Murray is the Associate Dean for Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Co-Director of MIT Innovation Initiative, William Porter (1967) Professor of Entrepreneurship, Faculty Director Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, and Faculty Director Legatum Center. She is also an associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the British Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology.
Her research interests focus on entrepreneurship, the commercialization of science, women in entrepreneurship and the economics of innovation. She has done extensive work with entrepreneurs, governments, large corporations and philanthropists designing and evaluating the policies and programs that shape vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems: prizes competitions, accelerators, patent licensing rules and proof of concept funding programs. She works particularly closely with the British Government, serving on the No. 10 Advisory Group on Entrepreneurship. Her work is multi-disciplinary, drawing mainly on economics and sociology, and published in diverse journals: Science, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Sociology, Organization Science, and Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.
After a short time on the faculty of Oxford University’s Said Business School, Professor Murray joined MIT Sloan where she is now Faculty Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. In this role, Fiona works on the design and delivery of entrepreneurship education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She teaches the “Innovation Teams” course, which assembles teams of students from across MIT to learn the process of technology commercialization, with a focus on evaluating a technology’s potential for significant commercial and social impact. She has recently started the REAL course – Regional Entrepreneurial Acceleration Lab – which gives students practical and academic insights into the design and development of entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.
Murray holds a BA and MA in chemistry from Merton College, University of Oxford, and an MS in engineering sciences and a PhD in applied sciences from Harvard University.