Jianxi LUO
Assistant Professor
  • Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
  • Design and Creativity Theories, Tools, Methods, Process
  • Complex Systems, Graph Theory, Network Analysis
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. & M.S.
  • Tsinghua University, M.S. & B.S.
  • "Reviewers' Favourite" Paper Award, 19th International Conference on Engineering Design, 2013
  • Best Dissertation Award, Runner-Up, INFORMS Technology Management Section, 2011
  • Best Paper Award, 2nd Place, Annual Conference of Chinese Scholars Association in Management Science & Engineering (CSAMSE), 2010
  • Alfred A.H. Keil Fellowship for Wiser Uses of Science and Technology, 2004
  • China International Marine Containers (Group) Fellowship, 2003
  • Mercedes-Benz Fellowship, 2002
  • Special Award for Creativity, Mechanical Innovation Competition, Tsinghua University, 2001
  • Ministry of Education (Singapore) Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2
  • SUTD-MIT International Design Centre
  • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (USA)
  • International Motor Vehicle Program (USA)
  • Jianxi Luo, Alison L. Olechowski, Christopher L. Magee. Forthcoming. Technology-Based Design and Sustainable Economic Growth. Technovation. Forthcoming. [Read]
  • Katja Hölttä-Otto, Kevin Otto, Jianxi Luo. 2013. Innovation Differences between New Venture Startups and Incumbent Firms. Proceedings of ICED 2013
  • Victor Tang, Jianxi Luo. 2013. Idea Matrix and Creativity Operators. Proceedings of ICED 2013
  • Jianxi Luo. 2013. Which Industries to Bail Out First in Economic Recession? Ranking U.S. Industrial Sectors by the Power-of-Pull. Economic Systems Research. 25(2), 157-169. [Read]
  • Jianxi Luo, Carliss Y. Baldwin, Daniel E. Whitney, Christopher L. Magee. 2012. The Architecture of Transaction Networks: A Comparative Analysis of Hierarchy in Two Sectors. Industrial and Corporate Change. 21(6), 1307-1335. [Read]
  • Jianxi Luo and Christopher L. Magee. 2011. Detecting Evolving Patterns of Self-Organizing Networks by Flow Hierarchy Measurement. Complexity, 16(6), 53-61. [Read]
  • "Hierarchy in Industry Architecture: Transaction Strategy Under Technological Constraints", Doctoral Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010 [Read]
  • Christopher L. Magee, Pey Kin Leong, Jin Chen, Jianxi Luo, Daniel D. Frey. 2012. Beyond R&D: What Design Adds to a Modern Research University. International Journal of Engineering Education, 28(2), 1-10.
  • Matthias Holweg, Jianxi Luo, and Nick Oliver. 2009. The Past, Present and Future of China’s Automotive Industry: A Value Chain Perspective. International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2(1/2), 76-118.
  • James Winebrake, Sandra Rothenberg, Jianxi Luo, Erin Green. 2008. Automotive Transportation in China: Technology, Policy, Market Dynamics, and Sustainability. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 2(4), 213-233.
    *earlier mechanical engineering publications are available upon request
  • Jianxi Luo is an assistant professor in the Engineering Product Development (EPD) Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Prof. Luo has a strong passion for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in research, teaching and practice. His research applies system theories and methods to designing products, processes and ecosystems for better chances of innovation. Recent work involves mining "big data" and network analysis to guide the design and innovation processes. He teaches courses on "entrepreneurship”, "innovation management", and "design", to undergraduate, graduate and executive students from diverse backgrounds. In practice, he was a (co-)founder of several start-ups in the United States. Prior to joining SUTD, he was a faculty member at the school of engineering of New York University. He is currently vice chair of the Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section of INFORMS.

Views on Innovation

Job Openings

Multiple postdoctoral fellow and doctoral student positions are open, in the following areas:
  • Network Analysis of Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
  • Network Analysis of Technology Networks
  • Applying informatics, big data analytics, computer visualization methods to developing tools for design and innovation 
Visiting scholars are also welcomed. If interested, please send me your c.v. and key publications.