Professor Fixson teaches innovation, design, and operations management related courses at Babson College, USA, and Universities and Companies in Europe and Asia, on various levels (Undergraduate, MBA/MSc, and executive education programs). He also works with industrial clients and partners. Past partners include firms such as Alcoa, BBVA, Boeing, Delphi, Draeger, Ford, GM, Harley-Davidson, Raytheon, and Spirit Aerosystems. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Fixson is also the founding Faculty Director of Babson’s new Master of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership (MSEL) program.
In his research, Dr. Fixson investigates various aspects of innovation and design, ranging from product architecture analyses concerning modularity and commonality, to process improvements in product development via better use of tools and design practices, in both established organizations and entrepreneurial contexts. In recent years, Dr. Fixson has also published on challenges and opportunities when teaching design thinking to novices. His work has appeared in books and journals such as Concurrent Engineering, Creativity and Innovation Management, Design Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, and others. He is a member of the Academy of Management, INFORMS, and POMS. From 2004-2008 he has served in various officer roles, including chair, of the Technology Management Section at INFORMS. Since 2012 he has been serving as an officer in the College of Product Innovation and Technology Management at POMS.
Prior to joining Babson, he was assistant professor in industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan, and has taught at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Northeastern University’s School of Technological Entrepreneurship.