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, and also the Board of Directors of QD Vision, a pioneer in the commercial use of quantum dot technology.  He has S.B. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Minnesota Public Radio
10/07/2013

Kerri Miller

American manufacturing is enjoying something of a revival, thanks to lower energy costs in the United States and rising labor costs in China. But experts are divided: Is this a true revival, or just a short-term boom?

Factors like lower American energy costs and higher Chinese wages have caused something of a revival in American manufacturing. Falling energy costs in particular have been a boon for manufacturing, thanks in part to the rise in fracking. By 2015, prices for natural gas are projected to be 60 to 70 percent lower, and electricity is projected to be 40 to 70 percent cheaper in the U.S. than in Europe and Japan.

Is this a true renaissance, a revival, and how durable is it?

Related: U.S. Competitiveness

Atlantic Monthly
02/24/2013

ForaTV

How important is exporting to smaller U.S. Manufacturers?

Related: Manufacturing competitiveness

Economist
08/24/2013

Staff

Bloomberg TV
08/21/2013

Erik Schatzker

Bloomberg TV
07/19/2013

Trish Regan

Bloomberg Businessweek
07/18/2013

Ashlee Vance

Big Think
06/20/2013

Big Think editors

Bloomberg Businessweek Online
06/13/2013

Bloomberg Editors

Time
03/28/2013

Rana Foroohar

Venture Capital Dispatch (Wall Street Journal blog)
03/08/2013

Yuliya Chernova

Washington Post
02/15/2013

Khanna, Ro

Bloomberg TV
1/24/13

Betty Liu

Harvard Business School professor Willy Shih talks with Bloomberg's Betty Liu about Microsoft's need to make a splash in the tablet market and looks at the future of CEO Steve Ballmer. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop."

Bloomberg TV
12/19/12

Betty Liu

Willy Shih, Harvard Business School professor of management practice, discusses the hurdles in front of Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman as she attempts to turn around the company.

New York Times
12/14/12

Annie Lowrey

Digits (Wall Street Journal blog)
12/7/12

James R. Hagerty

First Business News
12/4/12

Bill Moller

Willy Shih, the Co-Author of "Producing Prosperity," explains why America needs to get back to focusing on manufacturing.

Related: Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance Pisano, Gary P.;Shih, Willy

Bloomberg TV
11/29/12

Tom Keene

Willy Shih, Harvard Business School professor and chairman at QD Vision, discusses the United States manufacturing sector. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."

Related: Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance Pisano, Gary P.;Shih, Willy

Harvard Magazine
8/20/12

John Rosenberg

Harvard Magazine recently met with several of the competitiveness project’s principals, from diverse business disciplines, to discuss their research at length.

Related: Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance Pisano, Gary P.;Shih, Willy

Bloomberg Businessweek Online
3/16/12

Michael A. Riley and Ashlee Vance

Marketplace - American Public Media
2/15/12

Bob Moon

National Public Radio, New York Bureau
1/6/12

Jim Zarroli

Bloomberg TV
10/26/11

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Willy Shih, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, talks about International Business Machines Corp. naming Virginia “Ginni” Rometty as the company's first female chief executive officer in its 100-year history. Shih speaks with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack." (Source: Bloomberg)

Bloomberg TV
10/6/11

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Willy Shih, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, talks about Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who died yesterday at age 56. Shih speaks with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack." (Source: Bloomberg)

Bloomberg TV
10/3/11

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Willy Shih, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former executive at Eastman Kodak Co., talks about the value of Kodak's patent portfolio and the possibility that the camera maker may file for bankruptcy. Shih speaks with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack." (Source: Bloomberg)