Matt Marx is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Boston University and was previously Associate Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He also serves as a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on the job mobility of knowledge workers and the commercialization of science and technology.


His work has appeared in top journals in the sciences, management, finance, and sociology and has received several awards including for the best INFORMS article in innovation & entrepreneurship during 2009. He serves an Associate Editor at Management Science. He has contributed several large-scale open datasets to the scientific commons, including the first publicly downloadable, comprehensive set of patent-to-paper citations. His findings on employee non-competes played a key role in policy reforms both in Hawaii (2015) and Massachusetts (2018). Major media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC World Service, and The Economist have quoted or cited his work more than 100 times. His expertise has been utilized in several high-profile litigation cases including a $415mm class-action settlement regarding alleged collusion to suppress the job mobility of engineers. He is also a sought-after instructor at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive levels.


Professor Marx previously worked as a software engineer and an executive at technology startups SpeechWorks and Tellme Networks, where he published several peer-reviewed technical articles and earned six patents. He holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University; a master's degree from the MIT Media Lab; and an MBA as well as a doctoral degree from Harvard University. He started programming on a Radio Shack TRS-80 with 4k of memory.