Nelson Repenning


Partner, Chief Social Scientist

Nelson Repenning arrived at MIT’s Sloan School of Management as a young graduate student in 1991. Surrounded by brilliant minds hard at work building new tools and algorithms to improve operations and engineering, Nelson was struck by a realization. As good as the tools were, no one seemed to actually be using them. Since that realization, his scholarly and professional focus has been on addressing that dichotomy.

Today Nelson is a partner at ShiftGear and continues his research and teaching at MIT as the School of Management’s Distinguished Professor of System Dynamics and Organization Studies. He also serves as the faculty director for Sloan’s two mid-career MBA programs: the MIT Executive MBA program and the Sloan Fellows in Innovation and Global Leadership.

Throughout his career, Nelson has focused on understanding the factors that contribute to the successful implementation, execution, and improvement of business processes. His award-winning research has been recognized by the California Management Review and the Journal of Product Innovation Management. He is also a winner of the prestigious Jay Forrester Award from the International System Dynamics Society.