Charles Fine teaches operations strategy and supply chain management and directs the roadmapping activities in MIT’s Communications Futures Program. His research focuses on supply chain strategy and value chain roadmapping, with a particular emphasis on fast clockspeed manufacturing industries. Fine’s work has supported the design and improvement of supply chain relationships for companies in electronics, automotive, aerospace, communications, and consumer products. His current research examines dynamic models for assessing the leverage among the various components in complex industrial value chains and the principles for value chain design, based on strategic and logistical assessments.

Fine consults and teaches widely. Among his clients are 3M, Accenture, Agile Software, Alcan, BellSouth, Bombardier, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Delphi Automotive, Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, Fluor, GE, GM, Goodyear, Honeywell, HP, Intel, Kodak, Lucent, Mercury Computer, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, NCR, Nokia, Nortel, Oracle, Polaroid, PTC, Research-in-Motion, Rolls-Royce, Sematech, Teradyne, Toyota, TRW, Unilever, Volkswagen, Volvo, and Walsin Lihwa.
He also serves on the board of directors of Greenfuel Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company that he co-founded, which focuses on renewable energy. He is the co-director of the executive education program, Driving Strategic Innovation, which is a joint venture between MIT Sloan and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Books & Publications

  • Are You Modular or Integral?

    Be Sure Your Supply Chain Knows

    May 2005

  • Assessing Trade-offs among Multiple Objectives for Humanitarian Aid Delivery Using Expert Preferences

    January 2014

  • Clockspeed

    Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage

    January 2013

  • Problem Formulation and Solution Mechanisms

    A Behavioral Study of Humanitarian Transportation Planning

    October 2015

  • Value Network Dynamics in 3G–4G Wireless Communications

    A Systems Thinking Approach to Strategic Value Assessment

    November 2008