Bio

Sebastian Fixson is a scholar, educator, and advisor on innovation and design.   He is a Full Professor of Innovation & Design at Babson College, Babson Park, MA, where he has also served as the founding Faculty Director of Babson’s Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership (MSEL) program.

Trained as both an engineer and a social scientist, Dr. Fixson concentrates his research work on creating knowledge to help organizations build innovation capabilities.  His recent research investigates how innovation performance is impacted through the underlying problem structure, through choices in process governance (open vs. closed innovation), through the use of digital design tools, and through the use of innovation practices such as Design Thinking.  Results of his research work flow directly into his teaching and advising activities.

Dr. Fixson teaches on the subjects of innovation, design, and operations management to various audiences in various formats around the world.  His teaching experience spans from semester-long courses on all levels in degree programs (Undergraduate, MBA, MS, PhD), to week-long programs for executive education, to short bootcamp-style workshops with mixed audiences.  He has taught for Universities and Companies around the world (e.g., US, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, and other countries).

Prior to joining the faculty at Babson College in 2008, he also taught at the University of Michigan’s Industrial and Operations Engineering department, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and Northeastern University’s School of Technological Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Fixson collaborates with industrial partners in various formats, ranging from joint research projects, to teaching, advising and consulting, to speaking engagements.

Dr. Fixson’s work has appeared in books and journals such as Concurrent Engineering, Creativity and Innovation Management, Design Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, Research-Technology Management, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, as well as online outlets such as Harvard Business Review online.

Dr. Fixson holds an Dipl.-Ing. (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and a PhD in Technology, Management, and Policy from MIT.

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