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Amy Blitz

  • Assistant Professor of Practice
Academic Division: Economics


Dr. Blitz has over twenty years of research and business experience, with expertise in innovation, strategy, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

Throughout her career, she has led major research initiatives for diverse organizations, including IBM, where she was the Global Lead for Strategy at the IBM Institute for Business Value and directed a series of studies on innovation; McKinsey & Co. where she helped launch a social networking site for management innovators; Harvard Business School, where she developed a series of studies on entrepreneurial strategy based on interviews with leading entrepreneurs and venture capitalists; Ernst & Young, where she co-authored a study on IPOs in the late 1990s that resulted in extensive new, ongoing consulting services; and a UN-affiliated NGO in the Philippines, where she helped launch a successful credit cooperative in a poor rural community.

Dr. Blitz has extensive consulting experience in areas related to strategy and thought leadership. Her work has been published as books and articles, and has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and other leading media outlets. Her forthcoming book, The Contested State, explores the issue of rising authoritarianism, focusing on transnational alliances and regime change in the Philippines from 1898 to the present.

Academic Degrees

  • Selected by IBM for Exec Ed Program at HBS, 1-week intensive course on strategy., Harvard Business School
  • 6-week mini-MBA program for incoming doctoral students, I had my PhD already but was joining HBS as a researcher and my boss (head of new Entrepreneurship Division) asked me to do this., Harvard Business School
  • Ph D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BA, Colby College

Academic Interest / Expertise

Macroeconomics; Innovation Strategy; Economic Development; Entrepreneurship

Awards & Honors

  • 1998 — Screenwriting Competition, Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • 1993 — Media Studies, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
  • 1992 — Goldsmith Award, Harvard's Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy
  • 1991 — MacArthur Fellowship, MIT Center for International Studies
  • 1989 — Media Studies Competition, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


  • Degree Courses 2023

  • Degree Courses 2022



Journal Articles

  • Blitz, A.E. (2019). Surviving Disruption: The Grocer's Tale. Journal of Business Strategy. Vol: 42, Issue: 1. Emerald Publishing. link
  • Blitz, A.E., Kazi, K. (2019). Mapping technology roadblocks and opportunities in the transportation revolution. Strategy & Leadership. Vol: 47, Issue: 4. Amy E Blitz.
  • Blitz, A. (2018). Corporate Life and Death: Who Succumbs, Who Survives During Disruption?. Journal of Business Strategy. Emerald Publishing. link
  • Blitz, A. (2017). Lessons from the steel industry: If you can’t compete on price, innovate your way to value-added differentiation. Strategy & Leadership. Vol: 45, Issue: 5, Page: 7. Emerald Publishing.
  • Blitz, A. (2016). Beset by the digital revolution successful retailers embrace technology that enhances customer value. Strategy & Leadership. Vol: 44, Issue: 6. Emerald. link
  • Lubowe, D., Cipollari, J., Antoine, P., Blitz, A. (2009). A comprehensive strategy for globally integrated operations. Strategy & Leadership. Vol: 37, Issue: 5, Page: 22-30. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd..
  • Berman, S., Davidson, S., Longworth, S., Blitz, A. (2009). Succeeding in the new economic environment – three targets for leaders. Strategy & Leadership. Vol: 37, Issue: 4, Page: 13-22. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd..
  • Porta, M., House, B., Buckley, L., Blitz, A.E. (2008). Value 2.0: eight new rules for creating and capturing value from innovative technologies. Strategy & Leadership. Vol: 36, Issue: 4, Page: 10-18. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd..
  • Owen, L., Goldwasser, C., Choate, K., Blitz, A. (2008). Collaborative innovation throughout the extended enterprise. Strategy & Leadership. Vol: 36, Issue: 1, Page: 39-45. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd..


  • Blitz, A. (2021). The Contested State: US Foreign Policy, Transnational Alliances and Regime Change in the Philippines, 1898-2016: The Contested State: US Foreign Policy, Transnational Alliances and Regime Change in the Philippines, 1898-2016. Page: about 300. Rowman & Littlefield's Lexington Books Imprint.
  • Blitz, A. (2000). The Contested State: American Foreign Policy and Regime Change in the Philippines. Page: 256. Rowman & Littlefield. link

Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Blitz, A. (2000). Alison Brown of Compass Records. Page: 13. HBS Press.


  • Blitz, A. (1998). Measures That Matter: Managing the Success of the IPO Transformation Process. Ernst & Young.


  • Blitz, A. (2016). A lesson from abroad for creating American jobs: The Hill. The Hill. link
  • Blitz, A. (2009). The Philippines: The Contested State: Nation Building, State Building, and Economic Development: Case Studies and Comparisons. Page: 48-65. Routledge. link
  • Hamel, G., Blitz, A. (2009). Unshackling Employees: Gary Hamel’s WSJ Blog: Management 2.0 . Page: 1. Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones. link


  • Navigating Disruption: Lessons from the US Economy, 1996 to Present Blitz, A. Babson Research Day, Babson (2020)
  • Razing Cane Blitz, A. Babson Faculty Research Day, Babson (2019)
  • Razing Cane Blitz, A. Strategic Business Management & Economic Research Conference, Boston, MA (2015)
  • Social Enterprise in the Food Sector Blitz, A. Social Enterprise Ecosystem for Economic Development Conference, Providence, RI (2015)
  • The Strategy Journey Blitz, A. Wellesley College Women in Business event, Wellesley College (2015)
  • Academia and Social Entrepreneurship Panel Blitz, A. Social Enterprise Ecosystem Economic Development Conference, Providence, RI (2014)
  • The Strategy Journey Blitz, A. Babson Global in Chile, Universidad de Desarollo (UDD), Chile (2013)
  • Leadership Attributes: What Can We Expect in Our Dynamic Global Economy Blitz, A. Women’s Leadership Conference, New York, NY (2011)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Lessons from CEOS Blitz, A. , India (2010)
  • Entrepreneurship and Regulatory Policy in 35 Countries Blitz, A. World Entrepreneur of the Year Annual Awards, Monte Carlo (2004)