The Sam and Nancy Altschuler Faculty Fellow, Bornstein Endowed Faculty Fellow, Professor of Technological Entrepreneurship

Tucker Marion

305 Hayden Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000




Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Master of Science in the Management of Technology, University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Research & Teaching Interests

Product development processes and tools that foster improved metrics such as time-to-market and commercialization success rates. Innovation, technology management, and product realization within early-stage companies. Design strategy and industrial design. Product platforms and product families. Manufacturing sourcing and cost modeling including outsourcing and offshoring.

Industry & Academic Experience

Professor Marion is the founder of Flashpoint Development Inc., where he has been since 2004. It is a boutique product development consulting firm. Prior to that he served as Co-founder and Chief Development Officer of Innovation Factory Inc. and New Model Project Manager at Visteon Corporation. Both positions focused on new product development in the technology sector.

Services to the Profession

Product design consulting.

Design strategy and product portfolio planning.

Manufacturing sourcing and strategy.

Awards & Recognition

Tier 1 Grant funding awarded by Northeastern University Provost Office for the 2012-2013 academic year. Research Frontiers in Healthcare Mass Customization for Personalization of Diagnosis, Care and Cure.

CBA Strategic Research Initiative Award, 2011, $20,000.

Received National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) grant for "Accelerating Student E-Team New Venture Creation through the Application of Industrial Design and Structured Seed Funding," $9,000.00 planning grant, 9/21/10. PI.


Selected Publications

Marion, T.J., Eddleston, K.A., Friar, J.H. and Deeds, D. 2014. The evolution of interorganizational relationships in emerging ventures: An ethnographic study within the new product development process. Journal of Business Venturing, 30(1): 167-184.

Marion, T., Meyer, M., Barczak, G. 2014. The Influence of Digital Design and IT on Modular Product Architecture. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 32(1).

Marion, T., Barczak, G., Hultink, E. J. 2014. Do Social Media Tools Impact the Development Phase? An Exploratory Study. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 31(1).

Marion, T.J., Fixson, S.K. and Meyer, M.H. 2012. The Problem with Digital Design. Sloan Management Review, 53(4): 63-68.

Marion, T.J., Dunlop, D. and Friar, J.H. 2012. The University Entrepreneur: A Census and Survey of Attributes and Outcomes. R&D Management, 42(5): 401-419.


Selected Presentations

Eddleston, Kimberly (Presenter Only), Marion, Tucker (Presenter Only), Friar, John (Presenter Only), U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, "Challenges for entrepreneurs in managing interorganizational relationships and innovation", U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Fort Worth, Texas. (January 2014).

Marion, Tucker, Eddleston, Kimberly, Friar, John, U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, "Interorganizational relationships of new ventures: The good, bad, and ugly", U.S. Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Fort Worth, Texas. (January 2014).

Marion, Tucker, Eddleston, Kimberly, Friar, John, Southern Management Association, "New venture alliances: When collaborations tarnish", Southern Management Association. (November 2013).

Pathak, Tathagat (Presenter & Author), Marion, Tucker (Author Only), Zeid, Abe (Author Only), Kamarthi, Sagar (Author Only), ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, "A DESIGN METHOD TO MASS CUSTOMIZE MEDICAL DEVICES", ASME, San Diego, CA. (November 16, 2013).

Reid, Mike (Presenter & Author), Marion, Tucker (Author Only), Barczak, Gloria (Author Only), Hultink, Erik Jan (Author Only), IPDMC, "The Impact of IT Tool Usage on Predevelopment Performance", EIASM, Paris, France. (June 2013).