Alan D. MacCormack

MBA Class of 1949 Adjunct Professor of Business Administration

Alan MacCormack is the MBA Class of 1949 Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His research examines the management of innovation and product development in high-technology industries, with a focus on the computer software sector. Alan's research has been published in a variety of leading journals including Management Science, Research Policy and Harvard Business Review. In addition, he has written over 50 cases and notes that explore how organizations like Intel, Microsoft and NASA manage new product and service innovation efforts. Alan is currently teaching FIELD, a new MBA Required-Curriculum course that develops students’ teamwork and leadership abilities by helping them to solve real world problems in small teams. In 2011, he received the Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching for his role in designing this course. Alan holds a DBA from Harvard Business School, an MSc from MIT's Sloan School of Management and a BSc from the University of Bath in England.

  1. Winner of the 2013 Maurice Holland Award from the Industrial Research Institute for his paper with Alan W. Crandall, P. Toft, and P. Henderson, "Do You Need a New Product-Development Strategy?" (Research Technology Management, 2012).

  2. Received the 2013 Greenhill Award for Outstanding Service to the HBS Community.

  3. Received the Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching in 2011 for his role in designing the new first-year FIELD (Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development) course.

  4. Finalist for the Best Paper Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management for the paper “The Architecture of Complex Systems: Do Core-Periphery Structures Dominate?” (2010).

  5. Received a Siemens Corporate Research Grant ($80k) in 2010 for exploring the impact of software design choices on the level of defects and productivity in software projects.

  6. Won the Outstanding Teacher Award at MIT Sloan School of Management in 2009.

  7. In 2009, Software's editorial and advisory boards selected his 2003 article “Software Development Worldwide: The State of the Practice” (with Michael Cusumano, Chris Kemerer, and Bill Crandall) as one of the magazine's all-time best peer-reviewed articles.

  8. Received an IBM Corporate Research Gift in 2010.

  9. Received a Siemens Corporate Research Grant in 2009.

  10. Received a grant from the MIT Energy Initiative Seed Fund Program in 2009.

  11. Received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Software and Hardware Foundation Grant in 2008.