Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford d.school
Michael Dearing joined the d.school faculty in Spring 2006. Since that time, he has co-developed and co-taught courses including Creating Infectious Action (MSE288) and Creating Mass Market Experiences (MSE289). He also teaches graduate seminars including Innovation in Complex Organizations (MSE282A), and Creative Product Marketing (MSE282B). Michael’s current interests include process design for new product development, “productizing” emerging technologies, web-based businesses, product marketing, and pricing.
Before joining the d.school, Michael spent nearly seven years at eBay (NASDAQ – EBAY) serving most recently as Senior Vice President & General Merchandise Manager for eBay. In that role, he led category management, product marketing, seller development, eBay Stores, and direct-to-consumer marketing for eBay North America. While at eBay, Michael and his colleagues were also responsible for the launch and growth of many new merchandise categories, and new businesses such as Buy-it-Now, the listings upgrade business, eBay Stores, and ProStores. Prior to eBay, Michael held leadership positions at Bain & Company, Filene’s Basement, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE-DIS), and Industrial Shoe Warehouse.
Michael is an east coast native, now happily a citizen of the Bay Area. He holds an AB in Economics, with a focus in economic history, from Brown University, and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Economic History Association and the Business History Conference. When he’s not at the d.school, Michael enjoys working with small companies on issues of strategy and marketing, growing fruits and vegetables, hiking, and playing with his dogs.