Michael L. Tushman (born 1947) is an American organizational theorist, management adviser, and Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is known for his early work on organizational design with David A. Nadler, and later work on disruptive innovation, organizational environments, and organizational evolution. He is also co-founder and director of Change-Logic, a consulting firm based in Boston, USA.
Tushman obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering in 1970 at the Northeastern University, and his MS in Organizational Behavior in 1972 at the Cornell University. He took his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained his PhD in Organization Studies: The Management of Innovation in 1976. His thesis was entitled "Communications in Research and Development Organizations: An Information Processing Perspective," and his thesis committee consisted of Ralph Katz, Paul Lawrence and Edgar Schein.
After his graduation in 1976 Tusman started his academic career as Assistant Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School, and eventually Associate Professor of Business. In 1983 he was appointed Professor of Management, and from 1989 to 1998 was Phillip Hettleman Professor of Management. In 1998 he moved to the Harvard Business School where he was appointed Professor of Management, and is since 1999 the Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration. Over the years he was Visiting Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1982-83 and 1996; at INSEAD in 1995-98, and at the Bocconi University in 2010-11.
Michael L. Tushman
- Alma mater
- Northeastern University, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Harvard Business School