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Stuart Evans

Dr. Stuart Evans

Distinguished Service Professor

Mountain View, CA


Dr. Stuart Evans is a board member, educator, author, and expert on dynamic high-tech ventures. As a Distinguished Service Professor, he shares his expertise by teaching related coursework for the MSSM degree program at the Integrated Innovation Institute in Silicon Valley.

Stuart's professional career spans across many areas of entrepreneurship, featuring extensive experience within the tech ecosystem of Silicon Valley. He has conducted research for SRI International and Stanford Graduate School of Business; consulted with Bain and Company; worked in investing for Sand Hill Venture Group; and served as executive management for Shugart Corporation, a Xerox subsidiary. Prior to his time in Silicon Valley, he taught at Cambridge University's Judge Business School.

In addition to his experience in academia and industry, Stuart has published widely on high-tech ventures. His latest book, Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises, puts forward a practical toolkit for dynamic adaptation in high-tech ecosystems. The book is based on over 28 years of collective field research and practical experience in Silicon Valley of both Stuart and his coauthor Homa Bahrami, a professor of the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

  • High-tech entrepreneurship & innovation
  • Dynamic start-up strategies
  • Venture financing
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Enterprise Innovation
  • Doctory of Philosophy (PhD) in Technology Policy, Aston University
  • Master of Science in Operations Research, Aston University
  • Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • "Flexibility At Genentech: Developing Versatile Domain Experts And Deploying Flexible Resources At U.S. Medical Affairs Unit" Homa Bahrami and Stuart Evans October 1, 2016 Harvard Business School Publishing Case # B5877-PDF-ENG
  • "Real-Time Leadership at Fabrinet (A) & (B): Navigating through the 2011 Thailand Flood Crisis" February 19, 2014 Harvard Business School Publishing Case # B5795-PDF-ENG
  • "Super-flexibility for Real Time Adaptation: Perspectives from Silicon Valley" Homa Bahrami & Stuart Evans California Management Review Vol. 53(3), pp. 21-39, 2011
  • "Super-Flexibility: A Toolkit for Dynamic Adaptation: Part 2." The European Business Review, January-February 2011
  • "Super-Flexibility: A Toolkit for Dynamic Adaptation: Part 1." The European Business Review, November 2010
  • Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises, (2nd Edition) Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, New York 2010
  • "Managing High-Tech Knowledge Workers: Lessons from Silicon Valley" PKU Business Review No.3 Vol. 20, Peking University 2006
  • "Leading Global Knowledge Workers" in Global Talent: An Anthology of Human Capital Strategies, Volume 1, Human Capital Institute Washington, DC 2006
  • Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York 2004
  • "Organizing for Strategic Flexibility" in The Many Facets of Leadership, M. Goldsmith, Vijay Govindarajan, Beverly Kaye, and Albert Vicere (Eds.) Financial Times/Prentice Hall 2003
  • "Nodal Organizational Designs in Silicon Valley" in H. Osterle & R. Winter (Eds.) Business Engineering, Springer-Verlag, 2000 & New Edition (revised) 2003
  • "Flexible Recycling & High Technology Entrepreneurship" in M. Kenney (Ed.) Understanding Silicon Valley, Stanford University Press, 2000
  • "Human Resource Leadership in Knowledge-based Entities" in D. Ulrich & M. Losey "(Eds.) Tomorrow's HR Leadership, Wiley, 1997
  • "Flexible Recycling & High Technology Entrepreneurship" California Management Review, Vol. 37 (3), pp. 33-52. 1995
  • "Strategic Flexibility for High Technology Manœuvres: A Conceptual Framework", Journal of Management Studies Vol. 28 (1), pp. 69-89, 1991
  • "Emerging Organizational Regimes in High Technology Firms: The Bi-Modal Form", Human Resource Management Journal, Vol. 28 (1), pp. 25- 50, Spring 1989
  • Strategy Making in High Technology Firms: The Empiricist Mode." California Management Review, Vol. 31(2), pp. 107-128, 1989
  • "Industry Note: Disk Drives for Small & Microcomputer Systems" (S-MM-6N), Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, 1985; published in L.R. Jauch & J. Townsend Cases in Strategic Management, McGraw Hill, 1989
  • "Planning Manufacturing Capabilities" (Case # S-MM-8), Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, 1985; published in L.R. Jauch & J. Townsend (Eds.) Cases in Strategic Management, McGraw Hill, 1989
  • "Stratocracy in High Technology Firms", Special Issue, California Management Review, Vol. 30(1) pp. 51-66, Fall 1987; also published in G. Carroll & D. Vogel (Eds.) "Organizational Approaches to Strategy", Ballinger, 1988
  • "Surprise Management in High Technology Companies", The President, American Management Association, October 1985
  • "A Strategic Aid for Technology Sourcing Negotiations", IFPS Conference Proceedings, (Outstanding Paper Award), 1985
  • "Managing High Technology Supplier/Distributor Relationships" in J. Elam (Ed.) DSS-85 Transactions, 1985
  • "Strategic Flexibility in Business", SRI Business Intelligence Program, Research Report #678, December 1982

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