Thomas J. Allen is Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He focuses his work in Sloan's program on Management of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MTIE). Specializing in organizational psychology and management, Tom Allen explores the relationship between organizational structure and behavior, the role of technological gatekeepers in technology transfer, and how a building's layout influences communication. He is also an expert on international technology transfer, reward systems for technical professionals, and how organizational structure affects project performance. He has been engaged in long-term research on project management in several industries. Prof. Allen's book Managing the Flow of Technology (MIT Press, 1984) is the pioneering work in how people in technical organizations communicate. His work is widely cited in both the academic and general literature. For example, Malcolm Gladwell (author of the bestselling The Tipping Point) discusses Prof. Allen's work in some detail in a December 2000 article published in The New Yorker.
Gunter Henn, a noted German architect, established his firm HENN Architekten in 1978. The firm is based in Munich and has an office in Berlin. Gunter Henn is a professor of architecture at the Technical University of Dresden and a visiting professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His innovative building designs include, among many others, the BMW Research and Innovation Centre in Munich, Volkswagen's Automobile City in Wolfsburg, the celebrated Transparent Factory in Dresden, a novel auto assembly plant for Skoda in the Czech Republic, and theFaculty for Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. He is the author, with D. Meyhöfer, of Architektur des Wissens / Architecture of Knowledge (Junius Verlag, 2003).