Willy C. Shih

Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration

Willy Shih is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration.  He is part of the Technology and Operations Management Unit, and he teaches in the MBA and Executive Education Programs.  His expertise is in manufacturing and product development, and he has written or co-authored more than 125 cases and teaching materials in industries ranging from semiconductors, information technology, consumer electronics, aerospace, transportation equipment, manufacturing processes and tools, and intellectual property.  His paper, “Restoring American Competitiveness,” co-authored with Gary Pisano, won the 2009 McKinsey Award.  His recent book, “Producing Prosperity – Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance,” co-authored with Gary Pisano, has called attention to the link between manufacturing and innovation.  He is also the author of “Back Bay Battery,” a best-selling innovation simulation.

Prior to coming to HBS in 2007, Willy spent 28 years in industry at IBM, Digital Equipment, Silicon Graphics, Eastman Kodak, and Thomson SA.  He worked in product development and manufacturing in a wide range of areas including computer systems, scientific instruments, semiconductors, digital cameras, optical discs and software systems.  Reporting to him have been major manufacturing operations in the United States, China, Ireland, Japan, and Mexico, as well as global sales and marketing operations.  He has led the building of billion dollar revenue businesses.  He was an architect of IBM’s collaboration with Apple and Motorola in the early 1990s, he initiated and managed Eastman Kodak’s digital still camera licensing program, and has led negotiations in numerous intellectual property disputes, including Eastman Kodak v. Sun Microsystems relating to technology in Java.

Willy is on the Board of Directors of Flextronics International, a large electronic manufacturing services provider.  He has S.B. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Willy C. Shih In the News


27 Jul 2014
New Hampshire Public Radio
02 Jul 2014
American Public Media: Marketplace
20 Jan 2014
Strategy & Business
07 Nov 2013
Minnesota Public Radio
03 Oct 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek
24 Aug 2013
19 Jul 2013
Bloomberg TV: In the Loop
15 Feb 2013
Washington Post
24 Jan 2013
Bloomberg TV: In the Loop
17 Nov 2009
08 Mar 2010
New York Times
15 Feb 2011
Boston Globe
07 Mar 2011
HBS Alumni Bulletin
28 Mar 2011
HBS Working Knowledge
01 Jun 2011
HBS Working Knowledge
07 Jul 2011
MIT Technology Review
03 Oct 2011
Bloomberg TV
06 Oct 2011
Bloomberg TV
19 Dec 2012
Bloomberg TV
24 Oct 2011
Wall Street Journal
04 Dec 2012
First Business
01 Mar 2012
Harvard Business Review
02 Apr 2012
Financial Times
16 Mar 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek
15 Feb 2012
American Public Media: Marketplace
04 May 2012
Charlotte Talks
04 May 2012
Economic Times (Bombay)
06 Oct 2011
Bloomberg TV
03 Oct 2011
Bloomberg TV
07 Jun 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek
20 Aug 2012
Harvard Magazine