Carliss Y. Baldwin

William L. White Professor of Business Administration

Carliss Y. Baldwin is the William L. White Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She studies the process of design and its impact on firm strategy and the structure of business ecosystems. With Kim Clark, she authored Design Rules, Volume 1: The Power of Modularity, the first of a projected two volumes. Volume 2, Modularity on Trial, will consider how modular technologies are affecting the basic structure of the global economy—for good and for bad.

Baldwin received a bachelor's degree in economics from MIT in 1972, and MBA and DBA degrees from Harvard Business School. She developed and taught Mergers & Acquisitions, a second-year MBA course, and presently teaches Finance 2, a first-year required course.

She has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards. At Harvard Business School, she has been a Director of Research, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Planning, and head of the Doctoral Programs. Within Harvard University, she has been on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the policy and admissions committee of the joint Ph.D program in Science, Technology and Management.

  1. Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Technische Universität München (TUM) in 2014.

  2. Winner of the 2015 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management.

  3. In 2012, "Where Do Transactions Come From? Modularity, Transactions, and the Boundaries of Firms" (2008) was selected as one of the Best Twenty Articles from First Twenty Years of Publication, Industrial and Corporate Change, 1992-2011.

  4. Received the 2008 Distinguished Speaker Award from the Technology Management Section of INFORMS.

  5. Winner of the 2007 University of Vienna Best Paper Award for "How User Innovations Become Commercial Products: A Theoretical Investigation and a Case Study" with Christoph Hienerth and Eric von Hippel (Research Policy, 2006).

  6. Winner of the Newcomen-Harvard Award for Best Paper Published in the Business History Review in 1994 for "Capital Budgeting Systems and Capabilities Investments in U.S. Companies after World War II" (with Kim B. Clark, spring 1994).