Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Thomas Hout

Visiting Professor

Professor Hout joins MIIS as a visiting faculty from Cambridge, MA where he is an international strategy consultant and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Fletcher School at Tufts. He also teaches every year at The University of Hong Kong School of Business. At MIIS, he teaches courses in global business strategy, lean startup methods, and international business consulting. Before teaching, he was a partner at The Boston Consulting Group for 22 years and lived and worked in Boston, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. He co-founded the firm’s Operations practice area. At MIIS, he supervises student International Business Plan projects. He has published eight articles in The Harvard Business Review on subjects ranging from global industrial competition to fast operating cycles to leading-edge management practices to industrial competition between China and the West. In addition, he has written over a dozen op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times on international business. He is co-author of two books, Japan’s Industrial Strategy and Competing Against Time, the latter of which was a business Best Seller in the 1990s with over 100,000 copies sold in eight languages. His current research interests are China and global industrial competition. He has taught executive education at Harvard Business School and served on HBS Publishing’s Board of Editorial Review. He received a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University.
He was a Reserve Officer in the US Navy and is a Vietnam Veteran.


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



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

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

    Major articles in Harvard Business Review:

    “A Chinese Approach To Management”, co-authored with David Michael, September 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Major articles 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.

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