Steve Spear DBA MS MS focuses on the design, use, and improvement of organizations' ‘social circuitry,’ the structured patterns of exchange over which communication, coordination, and collaboration occur, the dynamics of which have profound impact on performance, from early stage discovery and development through downstream deployment and use. As described below, this work is grounded in theory and practice.
Spear is principal of SeeToSolve LLC, whose SaaS products support the tapping into of an enterprise’s distributed and collective intelligence, and he is author of The High Velocity Edge, Innovation Doctrine (forthcoming with Pete Newell and Steve Blank) and Social Circuitry (forthcoming with Gene Kim). He is a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where teaches graduate and executive education courses and where he has advised several dozen graduate theses. He is also senior fellow at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and Associated Faculty at Adriane Labs of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Spear has published in Harvard Business Review (including “Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System,” part of the lean manufacturing canon) , Sloan Management Review, US Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Annals of Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, Health Services Research, the Journal of Nursing Administration, Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, School Administrator, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and USA Today.
Spear's research has had broad application and impact, serving as the basis for operating systems like the Alcoa Business System, the DTE Operating System, the Pittsburgh Region’s Perfecting Patient Care System, the Pittsburgh Women's Center and Shelter hotline, and significant programs at companies like Intel, Pratt and Whitney, Intuit, Novelis, and GSK.
He’s been advisor to a Secretary of the Treasury, an Undersecretary for Health Affairs at the Veterans Administration, a Chief of Naval Operations, a Chief of Naval Research, the director of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, and a number of corporate leaders. Spear helped design and deploy the Navy’s “high velocity learning” line of effort, he was advisor to the Navy’s “Comprehensive Review” of 2017 collisions suffered by the 7th Fleet, and he’s advised other organizations on recovering from catastrophic events.
Spear has a doctorate from Harvard, where disruptive innovation thought leader, Clayton Christensen, was one of his dissertation advisors, masters in engineering and in management from MIT, and a bachelors from Princeton where he studied economics, under Nobel Laureate David Card, among others. He’s a board member for the Maimonides School, YI Brookline, the New England ADL, and the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership.