Professor Thomas M. Hout is senior advisor of the Boston Consulting Group; Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Business; and Fellow, Center for Emerging Market Enterprise at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He teaches global business strategy in Hong Kong and Shanghai. He has been with the Boston Consulting Group for 35 years and was a partner of the firm for 20 years. His field is business strategy and international competition. He has previously lived and worked in Tokyo, London, and Chicago, and now lives in Boston and Hong Kong.
Professor Hout is co-author of two books, Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition Is Reshaping Global Markets (with BCG colleague George Stalk) and Japanese Industrial Policy (with BCG colleague Ira Magaziner). He has written six Harvard Business Review articles, on a range of subjects—global competition, manufacturing overheads, compressed time cycles in business, new senior executive roles, the perils of the “new economy,” and most recently on incumbent multinationals’ competing with Chinese and Indian companies. He co-authored the article “Facing Up To the Trade Gap” in Foreign Affairs. He has written numerous op-ed pieces for New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe, and in recent years authored a series of four pieces for Asian Wall Street Journal on China’s business competitive development.
Professor Hout is a graduate of Yale University, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and is a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran.