Willy Shih

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Global Authority on Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management and Related Technology Development; Expert on American/Asian Competition and Product Development Practices; Veteran Practitioner Who Has Managed Manufacturing Processes in a Wide Range of Industries; Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

Biography

While Willy Shih is currently the Robert & Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, he brings the perspective of a practitioner who spent close to 28 years of his career in industry managing sophisticated technology development and manufacturing. In the process, he has crossed many discipline boundaries, everything from growing cell cultures to running the world’s first OLED production line and managing a semiconductor fab that produced devices operating on the surface of Mars. He spent many years managing manufacturing and supply chains for consumer products in the early stages of globalization, and has unique perspectives on manufacturing competitiveness.

In his 15 years at the Harvard Business School, he has focused his research on manufacturing competitiveness, looking especially across Asia. His writings on American competitiveness have been widely cited by policy makers here and abroad. He regularly speaks about the challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has wrought for global supply chains, and is often turned to for insights on semiconductors and Asian manufacturing more broadly. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and two undergraduate S.B. degrees from M.I.T.

Willy Shih is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Willy Shih's Forbes Column

Plan for Free N95 Masks Could Save Domestic Mask Makers — Or Kill Them

January 23, 2022

Fuyao Glass: A Resilient Supply Chain For Domestic Car Makers

January 22, 2022

New Balance Lawsuit Shows How Flimsy the ‘Made in USA’ Label Actually Is

January 5, 2022

Supply Chain And Logistics: Things To Watch In 2022

December 22, 2021

The Top Seven Reasons to Oppose New Semiconductor Subsidies

December 17, 2021

Red Light, Green Light (Audio)

December 14, 2021

Everybody Now Wants Supply Chains to Be ‘Resilient.’ It Won’t Be Easy—or Likely

December 10, 2021

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Semiconductors: The US Should Be Asking How We Can Lead

December 1, 2021

Unpacking the Dollar Tree Price Hike (Audio)

November 27, 2021

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Black Friday Deals? If You Didn’t Shop Early There Is Good Reason to Wait

November 26, 2021

Balance of Power: How to Fix Supply Chain Issues (Audio)

November 17, 2021

Fed Up Workers and Supply Woes: What's Next for Dollar Stores?

October 19, 2021

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Speeding up Flow of Cargo Through Ports Only Addresses a Small Part of the Problem

October 18, 2021

‘Never Seen Anything Like It’: Global Supply Chain Faces Unprecedented Disruption (Video)

October 14, 2021

What America’s Supply Chain Shortages Mean for Your Buying, From Phones to Cars (Audio)

October 4, 2021

How the Global Supply Chain Grinch Could Steal Christmas (Video)

September 23, 2021

Why the Global Chip Shortage Is Making It So Hard to Buy a Ps5

August 31, 2021

The Chip Shortage Impacting Your Shopping Cart (And Not The Potato Kind) (Audio)

August 10, 2021

Chipmakers Betting Demand Will Maintain When Capacity Added (Video)

July 22, 2021

How COVID Revealed Huge Structural Problems in Us Supply Chains, Resulting in Shortages

July 7, 2021

What the “Beer Game” Can Teach About Supply Chain Challenges

June 29, 2021

The Challenge of Rebuilding U.S. Domestic Supply Chains

May 26, 2021

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When the Chips Are Down: Material Scarcity in the Tech Industry

May 14, 2021

The Global Semiconductor Shortage Can Be Explained by the Bullwhip Effect

May 5, 2021

The Answers Are Not Clear Yet on Semi Shortage (Video)

April 12, 2021

Who Does Walmart’s ‘Made in America’ Plan Benefit? (Video)

March 27, 2021

It’s Time to Rethink Your Global Logistics

March 12, 2021

Willy Shih on Why the U.S Needs to Run Faster

April 19, 2020

Bringing Manufacturing Back to the U.S. Is Easier Said Than Done

April 15, 2020

Is It Time to Rethink Globalized Supply Chains?

March 19. 2020

Coronavirus Economic Fallout Won’t Be ‘Done With by June’

March 16, 2020

Global Supply Chains in a Post-Pandemic World

September-October 2020

Why High-Tech Commoditization Is Accelerating

May 29, 2018

Why Big Data Isn't Enough

November 14, 2016

The Real Lessons From Kodak’s Decline

May 20, 2016

What to Know About Locating in a Cluster

September 1, 2015

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Shih, Willy

Biography

While Willy Shih is currently the Robert & Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, he brings the perspective of a practitioner who spent close to 28 years of his career in industry managing sophisticated technology development and manufacturing. In the process, he has crossed many discipline boundaries, everything from growing cell cultures to running the world’s first OLED production line and managing a semiconductor fab that produced devices operating on the surface of Mars. He spent many years managing manufacturing and supply chains for consumer products in the early stages of globalization, and has unique perspectives on manufacturing competitiveness.

In his 15 years at the Harvard Business School, he has focused his research on manufacturing competitiveness, looking especially across Asia. His writings on American competitiveness have been widely cited by policy makers here and abroad. He regularly speaks about the challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has wrought for global supply chains, and is often turned to for insights on semiconductors and Asian manufacturing more broadly. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and two undergraduate S.B. degrees from M.I.T.

Willy Shih is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

Global Supply Chains: Understanding Current Disruptions

Global supply chains for a wide range of sectors, from automotive to consumer products, have suffered severe disruptions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of these problems are readily understood from first principles, the structure of these supply chains, and their dependence on logistics links that span major trade lanes. In this talk, professor Willy Shih lays out the interdependencies, and some of the changes and risks we can expect over the coming year.

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Praise for Producing Prosperity

“In their book ‘Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance,’ Harvard Business School professors Gary Pisano and Willy Shih cut through the confusion. In just 138 pages—a perfect read for the Washington to New York Acela—they offer the most compelling case I have read for why making things matters, even if it will produce very few manufacturing jobs in the future.”

— Council on Foreign Relations

“The prescriptions they offer are not only timely…but they are also realistic goals that are within our grasp.”

— Trend & Manufacturing Alert

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