Rebecca Henderson is the Eastman Kodak Professor of management at the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research work focuses on the strategic problems of high technology companies, and particularly on the ways in which firms can use technology to drive significant growth. She has experience working in a wide variety of industries, including semiconductor capital equipment, aerospace, branded consumer goods, automobiles and pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, but her current research focuses on the IT and telecommunications industries. She received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1981 and a doctorate in Business Economics from Harvard University in 1988.
Professor Henderson sits on the board of IDEXX and of the Ember Corporation, and she has worked with both members of the Fortune 100 and small, technology orientated startups. She was retained by the Department of Justice in connection with the remedies phase of the Microsoft trial, and in 2001 was named "Teacher of the Year" at the Sloan School.
[Editor's Note: On September 19, Xconomist and MIT Sloan School Professor Rebecca Henderson gave a lecture to the MIT Sloan 2008 Convocation entitled "Getting Unstuck: How to Promote More... Read more »