Thomas Hout

Visiting Professor

Professor Hout joins MIIS as a visiting faculty from Cambridge, Mass. where he is an international strategy consultant and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.  He also teaches every winter at the University of Hong Kong's School of Business.  He teaches global business strategies and international economics.  His 30-year consulting career with Boston Consulting Group included living and working in Boston, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, and Chicago.  He co-founded BCGs Operations practice area.  Asia is a long-term interest of his. He was also an officer in the US Navy and is a Vietnam veteran.

What is it that you are most passionate about

International competition at firm and country level.

What do you enjoy most about teaching and/or what excites you about being a professor at MIIS?

Learning how much I don’t know and filling those gaps


Corporate strategy; International business competition at firm and country levels;  Operations link to strategy; China and Japan


Yale University,  BA Economics.  Stanford University, MBA



Competing Against Time, co-authored with George Stalk, 1990.

Japanese Industrial Policy, co-authored with Ira Magaziner, 1980.

    Major articles in Harvard Business Review:

    "How Global Companies Win Out", co-authored with Michael E. Porter, Sept/Oct 1982.

    "Fast Cycle Capability for Competitive Power", co-authored Joe Bower, Nov/Dec 1988.

    "The Fallacy of the Quick Overhead Fix", co-authored with Mark Blaxill, Jul/Aug 1991.

    "Getting It Done: New  Roles for Senior Managers", Nov/Dec 1995.

    "Are Managers Obsolete?",  Mar/April 1999.

    "Tomorrow’s Global Giants”, co-authored with Pankaj Ghemawat, Nov 2008.

    "China versus the World: Whose Technology Is It?”, co-authored with Pankaj Ghemawat, December 2010.

      Major article in Foreign Affairs:

      "Facing Up To the Trade Gap With Japan", co-authored with James Abegglen, Fall 1978.

        Numerous op-ed pieces for New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Asia Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe.

        Course List

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        MBAG 8510 - Quant Methods for non-MBA      

        Every area of business makes use of data. This course covers a wide range of basic, accessible quantitative tools used in the analysis of data in surveys and reports; data-based decision-making; the building of spreadsheets for the purpose of organizing and analyzing data; the building of basic financial models; and, the use of statistical methods including descriptive statistics, statistical inference, probability applications, and simple and multiple regression, etc. Much of the course will be conducted in Microsoft Excel, which will improve students' Excel skills and introduce them to many new possibilities and tools in data analysis. Illustrations and study problems in the course will be taken from a variety of fields, including business and economics, international and community development, and common everyday phenomena. Emphasis will be on developing practical skills in the analytic use of numbers. The only prerequisite is some rudimentary understanding of algebra."

        Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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        MBAG 8618 - Lean Startup Methods      

        Spring 2015 - MIIS

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        MBAG 8651 / IMGT 8651 - Global Business Strategies      

        The primary focus of this course is on managing the business-level strategic management function in a global industry. In global industries, corporate performance is strongly influenced by the competitive strategies and organizational capabilities of companies, the economic structure of the industry, and the policies of home and host governments. Adaptive firms in global industries will face significant opportunities well into the next century. Those firms, which do not align themselves with the environment, will face contraction, acquisition, or extinction. Thus, firms that can develop and implement strategies based on (1) global scale economies, (2) production rationalization, (3) a coordinated worldwide network of activities, and/or (4) astute management of home and host government relations will find themselves in a position to outperform competitors that operate as local or national firms. The course will be conducted using both the lecture and case methods and active student participation is required.

        Fall 2011 - MIIS, Summer 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Summer 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Summer 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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        MBAG 8693 / IMGT 8693 - Intl Business Consulting      

        This course will address the key activities involved in delivering management consulting services to multinational corporations. Elements covered will include identifying consulting opportunities, framing the question with the client, developing the proposal, managing the engagement, delivering the results, understanding organizational change implications, managing client relations and client follow-up. The course will be delivered in a case format illustrating how the above elements were used in actual client situations that have been successfully carried out by the professor and his consulting teams. Students will have the opportunity to develop a client proposal and engagement plan.

        Fall 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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        WKSH 8539 - QuantMthods4LiberalArtsStdnts      

        Fall 2011 - MIIS

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