Marc H. Meyer

Co-director of the Center; Robert Shillman Professor of Entrepreneurship, Matthews Distinguished University Professor

Marc is the Robert Shillman Professor of Entrepreneurship as well as Matthews Distinguished University Professor. In 2006, Dr. Meyer started Northeastern’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group. Since that time, he and his colleagues have helped numerous students and alumni start their own companies. He has also been a long-serving director of the University’s High Technology MBA program and a faculty leader of Executive Education in the D’Amore McKim School of Business.

Marc is also an internationally recognized scholar in the field of innovation. The Power of Product Platforms (written with Alvin P. Lehnerd, The Free Press), continues to be a leading work in the management of architecture for products, systems, and services. The Fast Path to Corporate Growth: Leveraging Knowledge and Technologies to New Market Applications (Oxford University Press), links innovation with enterprise growth and is used by industry leaders around the world to develop and operationalize growth strategies. He consults to leading corporations around the world on developing new product lines and services as well as new ventures within the business.

In New Venture Creation: An Innovator’s Guide to Entrepreneurship, (Sage Publications) Dr. Meyer returns to his roots as a technology entrepreneur and has created a pragmatic, methods-rich guide for innovating and business planning. He has been part of the founding team of VenturCom (acquired by Citrix) where he led R&D for operating systems and database development. He also helped start Sentillion (acquired by Microsoft), which became a leader in single sign-on for healthcare. He advises many more startups, particularly those that have emerged from Northeastern, and is an “angel investor” in local companies.

Marc holds degrees from Harvard and M.I.T. and work closely with the Technical University of Delft as a university research and teaching part on design, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Research Area

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Corporate Venturing

Recent Publications

  • Meyer, M.H. and Crane, F., (2013). New Venture Creation: An Innovator’s Guide to Entrepreneurship. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Meyer, M.H. and Marion, T. , (2013). “Preserving the Integrity of Knowledge and Information in R&D.” Business Horizons, 56 (1), pg. 51–61.

  • Marion, T, Fixson, S., and Meyer, M.H., (2012). “The Problem with Digital Design,” Sloan Management Review, Summer, 53:4, pp. 63–68.