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Alan MacCormack is a co-founder of Silverthread and a Member of the Board. He is the MBA Class of 1949 Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Alan is an expert in the management of innovation and product development in high-technology industries, specifically the computer software sector. His work has been published in a variety of leading journals including Management Science, Research Policy and Harvard Business Review. His papers have won numerous awards for rigor and impact. Alan has written over 50 cases and teaching notes that explore how organizations like Intel, Microsoft and NASA manage innovation and new product development efforts. He consults frequently on these topics for Fortune 500 firms.

Much of Alan’s recent work (with Baldwin and Sturtevant) has focused on analyzing software architecture by exploring the networks of interdependencies that can be automatically extracted from living codebases. These techniques have been used to explore system adaptability, to look at the strong link between the structure of a development organization and the structure of its code, and to examine the effects that successful refactoring efforts have on a body of source code.

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. In 2013 he received the Greenhill award for his contributions to the Harvard Business School community.

Alan has a Doctorate from Harvard Business School, an MSc from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a BSc (Engineering) from the University of Bath in England.