Date: Apr 20, 2021Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

HBSASC – Can we Manufacture It in the US? – A Conversation with HBS Professor Willy Shih (virtual)

Tue, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Zoom Webinar (Information to be sent to Registrants)
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Offshoring has devastated what HBS has dubbed the “industrial commons” in the U.S., the collective R&D, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities embodied in the skills base in our workforce, and the capabilities of suppliers and adjacent industries to make even simple products like personal protective equipment.
The pandemic brought this into sharp focus in 2020. And now the Biden Administration’s Executive Order modifying the rules of Buy American Act has many leaders in Washington focused building U.S. manufacturing capability and on the vulnerability of foreign supply chains for products ranging from semiconductors and essential pharmaceuticals like antibiotics, to the elements used in making magnets for electric vehicle motors and wind turbines.

In this session, HBS Professor Willy Shih will frame the issues that are being debated, and talk about the challenges in restoring manufacturing capabilities in this country.

Participants must register by April 19th to receive details on joining the discussion.

Please note that no refunds will be issued.



Willy C. Shih

Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration

Willy Shih is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration. He is part of the Technology and Operations Management Unit, and he teaches in the MBA and Executive Education Programs. His expertise is in manufacturing and product development, and he has written or co-authored numerous cases and teaching materials in industries ranging from semiconductors, information technology, consumer electronics, aerospace, transportation equipment, manufacturing processes and tools, and intellectual property. His paper, “Restoring American Competitiveness,” co-authored with Gary Pisano, won the 2009 McKinsey Award. His book, “Producing Prosperity – Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance,” co-authored with Gary Pisano, has called attention to the link between manufacturing and innovation. He is also the author of “Back Bay Battery,” a best-selling innovation simulation.

Prior to coming to HBS in 2007, Willy spent 28 years in industry at IBM, Digital Equipment, Silicon Graphics, Eastman Kodak, and Thomson SA. He worked in product development and manufacturing in a wide range of areas including computer systems, scientific instruments, semiconductors, digital cameras, optical discs and software systems. Reporting to him have been major manufacturing operations in the United States, China, Ireland, Japan, and Mexico, as well as global sales and marketing operations. He has led the building of billion dollar revenue businesses.

Willy is on the Board of Directors of FLEX Inc., a large provider of design, manufacturing and supply chain services. He is also on the Board of Directors of VEO Robotics, a firm that brings advanced computer vision, 3D sensing, and AI to industrial robots, enabling them to work collaboratively. He has two S.B. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Life Member of the IEEE.


Nasser Sadeghzadeh

Nasser has worked in the global industrial manufacturing space for 30+ years from R&D, Engineering and to operating, with P & L responsibility, leading global organizations in US and Japan. He has worked with industry leaders Atlas Copco, Dresser-Rand (Siemens) and Nikkiso Cryogenic Pump, helping them capitalize on global trends and work across diverse cultures. He now consults with manufacturing companies on such issues as M&A, operations and profit improvement, marketing, and AI implementation. He has a BS and MS in Engineering from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an Executive GMP from Harvard Business School. He also has certification from the Stockholm School of Economics in International Management Program.


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Date: Apr 20, 2021Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


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  • 20 / Alumni Non-Members
  • 25 / General Public



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