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Jonathan Byrnes  

Author, Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink MIT Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer, Center for Transportation & Logistics

Jonathan L.S. Byrnes is Senior Lecturer at MIT, where he has taught at the graduate level and in executive programs for over fifteen years. The courses he has taught, Case Studies in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Integrated Account Management, together cover all strategic and operational aspects of customer-supplier relationships.

He has authored over one hundred books, articles, cases, notes, and expert submissions. He wrote a monthly column on managing profitability, called “The Bottom Line,” in Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge e-newsletter ( for four years (2002-2006). Dr. Byrnes has supervised thesis work in ABB, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Cardinal Healthcare, Cisco, Dell, Flextronics, Honeywell, iRobot, Lahey Clinic, Nebraska Medical Center, Northrop Grumman, Philips, Procter & Gamble, Raytheon, and United Technologies.

Dr. Byrnes earned a DBA from Harvard University in 1980, and an MBA (Smith Prize for academic distinction and leadership) from Columbia University in 1974. He is Immediate Past President of the Harvard Alumni Association, and he served for two years as Vice President of the Harvard Club of Boston. He also served for five years on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association, and for two years on Harvard’s Committee on Shareholder Responsibility.

He is President of Jonathan Byrnes & Co., a focused consulting company that he founded in 1976. He has advised over fifty major companies and industry associations. Dr. Byrnes has served on the Advisory Boards of Objectiva Software and Autopart International, two companies that were acquired at a substantial gain, and he currently serves on the Advisory Boards of danoo, OCO, and WaveMark, all early-stage companies.


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