Neil Thompson
Neil ThompsonAssistant Professor, MIT Sloan
Neil Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before that he did his PhD in Business and Public Policy at Berkeley, where he also did Masters degrees in Computer Science and Statistics. He also has a masters in economics from the London School of Economics, and undergraduate degrees in Physics and International Development.
Prior to academia, He worked at organizations such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Bain and Company, The United Nations, the World Bank, and the Canadian Parliament.
Don Sull
Don SullGlobal expert on strategy and execution in turbulent markets
Don Sull is a Senior Lecturer in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he teaches courses on competitive strategy and strategy implementation. He was formerly a Professor at London Business School and Harvard University, where he received his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. He has designed and run dozens of small-scale experiments with members of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
read more
Sull has researched and written extensively on how to implement strategy in volatile markets. He has published five books, most recently Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World (co-authored with Stanford Engineering professor Kathy Eisenhardt), and over 100 case studies, book chapters and articles, including a dozen Harvard Business Review articles on strategy and execution.

He is currently analyzing several novel data sets to build an evidence base on the drivers of effective strategy execution. Sull developed and administered (with Rebecca Homkes) a strategy execution survey to over 8,000 managers around the world. Together with Charlie Sull and Stefano Turconi, he is analyzing the strategic priorities of all Fortune 500 companies. Another project, with Kris Duggan, analyzes how goals can drive execution.

Sull consults on strategy implementation to the leaders of large organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, and Baker & McKenzie. He also helps fast-growing start-ups including BetterWorksFilmFish, and foodpanda execute their strategy as they scale.

Lucy Hu
Lucy HuAffiliated Researcher
Lucy Hu is a PhD candidate in business and public policy at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on how social interactions affect decision making in a variety of contexts such as crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, and business strategy. She also looks at behavioral biases in corporate and policy decisions. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an economic consultant for NERA Economic Consulting in the antitrust and intellectual property divisions. She received a BA in economics and a BA in biology from Bryn Mawr College.
Caroline Fry
Caroline FryPhD student
Caroline’s research interests are in pharmaceutical innovation in, and for, developing countries. Having lived and worked in Sub–Saharan Africa prior to joining the PhD programme, she has seen first hand some of the issues that companies face when entering into these markets and is keen to explore some of the solutions to these problems in her dissertation.
Kelly Basner
Kelly Basner Administrative Manager
Kelly Basner is the administrative manager for X Lab, and has worked for the MIT Sloan Behavioral and Policy Sciences group since 2013. Kelly has a professional background in book publishing, and holds a master’s degree in South Asian Studies from Cornell University with a concentration in anticolonial politics.
Dennis Schwedhelm
Dennis SchwedhelmMBA student
At MIT Sloan, Dennis currently is engaged in the fields of strategic experimentation in business settings, leadership and organizational design. He is a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee and a VP of the Sales & Business Development Club.
Prior to his MBA, Dennis worked as consultant at McKinsey & Company where his focus lied in cross-functional planning and development as well as marketing & sales projects in the automotive industry.
Michael Wahlen
Michael WahlenPhD student
Michael is a PhD Student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research interests center around how firms can use organizational design to create sustainable competitive advantages. Prior to coming to MIT, he worked as a management consultant at Accenture and earned his Master’s degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics.

2015/2016 team