Christopher L. Tucci




Full Professor and Chair of Corporate Strategy & Innovation (CSI)

Director, College of Management of Technology

Director a. i., Educational Programs, Section of Management of Technology & Entrepreneurship

Christopher L. Tucci is Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He received the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences (1982), Bachelor of Arts in Music (1983), and Master of Science in Computer Science (1984) from Stanford University. He also received the degree of Master of Science in Technology & Policy (1992) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT, in 1997. Before going back for his PhD, his prior work experience was as an industrial computer scientist at Ford Aerospace, where he was involved in developing Internet protocols and applying artificial intelligence tools to industrial problems.

Professor Tucci joined EPFL in 2003 where he teaches courses in Technology and Innovation Management, Information Technology Strategy, and Research Methods. Prior to EPFL, he was on the faculty of New York University where he taught Technological Innovation & New Product Development, Foundations of Entrepreneurship, Business Policy & Strategy, and Competitive Advantage from Operations in the MBA Program. He has also taught strategic management at MIT and has taught a global strategy module for engineering managers in the Tufts University Gordon Institute.

Professor Tucci's primary area of expertise is in how firms manage technology to gain competitive advantage. He is interested in technological change and how waves of technological changes affect incumbent firms. For example, he has studied how disk drive manufacturers survived different technological transitions over a twenty-year period. He is also studying how the technological changes brought about by the popularization of the Internet affect firms in different industries. Professor Tucci is also interested in strategic alliances, especially those used in technology development. He has conducted a survey of European research and development (R&D) managers and has analyzed how strategic technology alliance partner characteristics interact with ongoing behavior, such as "trust-building," to influence alliance performance.

He has published articles in, among others, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Communications of the ACM, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, and Journal of Product Innovation Management, and is on the Editorial Board of Organization Science. He is also the Department Editor for the Innovation Management Department of the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He is the co-author (with Allan Afuah) of Internet Business Models and Strategies, the first MBA text book in the area of e-business strategy, and Nurturing Science-Based Ventures (with Ralf Seifert and Benoit Leleux). In 2000, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Academy of Management's TIM (Technology & Innovation Management) Division. In 2003, he was elected Program Chair-Elect (leading to Division Chair) for the TIM Division, and in 2010, he was elected to the leadership track of the Strategic Management Society's Strategy & Entrepreneurship Division.

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