Prof Jonathan Linton

Chair in Operations and Technology Management

Room: B067
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 0988
Jonathan Linton Sheffield  

Jonathan is best known for his international interdisciplinary work at the interface of engineering, science and management and as the Editor-in-Chief of Technovation: the Journal of Technological Innovation Entrepreneurship and Technology Management. Prior to joining Sheffield University Management School, he was the Power Corporation Professor at the University of Ottawa. He is also a former faculty member of the Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic University and the Tandon School of Engineering, New York University. Jonathan holds undergraduates in Materials Engineering and Biology from Western University in Ontario and an MBA and PHD from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is the foreign head of the Science Technology Studies Laboratory at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow and a registered Professional Engineer.


At Sheffield University Management School, Jonathan is a contributor to the Executive MBA in Manufacturing and Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. In the past he has taught technology innovation management, operations management, supply chain management and environmental management and policy.


Professor Linton’s research considers management challenges that involve uncertainty and non-steady state conditions. This includes: non-steady state behavior of technology-intense entrepreneurial firms, assessment and management of R&D projects and portfolios, firms and knowledge pathways to commercialization, opportunity recognition of the economic and social benefits associated with science and technological discoveries, close loop supply chains, continuous and discontinuous learning, and unintended consequences of innovation and change. Besides being trained as a traditional quantitative social science researcher, Jonathan utilizes qualitative research or modeling depending on what set of approached is most appropriate for the question or problem of interest.

PhD Supervision

Jonathan is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Commercialization of Innovation
  • Emerging Technology Supply Chains
  • Real Options and Portfolios
  • Close Loop Supply Chains
  • Decision Support for Process Innovation
  • R&D Management
  • Technological Entrepreneurship