Carliss Baldwin is a co-founder of Silverthread and a Member of the Board. She is the William l. White Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Carliss studies the process of design and the impact of design architecture on firm strategy, platforms and business ecosystems and is an expert in the evolution of complex designs, modularity, real-options, and technological innovation. She has written extensively about system architecture and modularity. Carliss has done pioneering work establishing the link between an engineering firm’s financial performance, its strategy, and how complex physical and software products are structured.
With Kim Clark, she authored Design Rules, Volume 1: The Power of Modularity. Her work has been published in a variety of leading journals including Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, Research Policy and Harvard Business Review. She has won numerous awards for research, and was awarded a Doctor honoris causa by the Technical University Munich in 2014.
Carliss teaches Finance 2, an MBA Required-Curriculum course in corporate finance. Before teaching Finance 2, she developed and taught an Elective course on Mergers & Acquistions. She has written over 50 cases and notes for MBA classes. In 2014, her case on Roche’s Acquisition of Genentech was named the best case in Finance, Accounting and Control by the Case Centre.
Carliss has a Doctorate and MBA from Harvard Business School, and an SB in Economics from MIT. She studied finance under Robert C. Merton, Franco Modigliani, and John Lintner.