Willy C. Shih


Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Willy Shih is a Professor of Management Practice, having joined Technology and Operations Management in January 2007. He teaches Technology and Operations Management in the first year required curriculum, as well as Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise in the second year elective curriculum. He also teaches in the Executive Education program.

Willy is currently researching industrial competitiveness in high tech and science-based businesses. He has focused in Asia, examining the process of capability building and how firms there have moved from imitation to innovation, in the process capturing leadership positions in industries ranging from semiconductors and notebook computers to flat panel displays and mobile phone handsets. He is also researching factory performance and the evolution of firm structure in vertical specialized technology supply chains.

Prior to joining the Harvard Business School, Willy spent 18 years in the computer industry in product development, marketing and management at IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Silicon Graphics Computer Systems. From the computer industry, Willy moved into consumer electronics. From 1997 until early 2005, Willy was president of the Consumer Digital unit at Eastman Kodak where he oversaw the establishment and growth of the consumer digital camera and associated consumables and service businesses to the first $1 B in revenue. Most recently, he was an Executive Vice-President at Thomson where he was co-head of the Technology Group.

Willy is an experienced practitioner in the field of intellectual property, having structured numerous IP licensing programs, with work in license negotiations and litigation. He serves on the board of Singapore registered Flextronics International. He is the chair of the Technical Advisory Board of QD Vision, Watertown, MA.

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Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California Berkeley
S.B. Chemistry and Life Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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