About Jim Morgan
Jim Morgan, Ph.D. is principal at Emc Network, a research and consulting firm specializing in new product and process creation. He has more than 30 years of industry experience most recently as chief operating officer at Rivian, an electric vehicle manufacturer on a mission to keep the world adventurous.
Before joining Rivian, Morgan spent more than 10 years at Ford Motor Company, first leading the development of the Global Product Development System (GPDS) then serving the last nine years as director, global body, SBU and tooling engineering where he and his team contributed to the company’s historic, product led revitalization under then CEO, Alan Mulally.
Prior to Ford, he worked fifteen years at Troy Design and Manufacturing (TDM), the last ten, as vice president of operations. TDM is a tier one, global automotive supplier of engineering services, prototypes tools and low to medium volume production parts and subassemblies.
Morgan holds a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Michigan where his original research into product development won two Shingo Prizes for Research Excellence. In addition, he co-authored (with Dr. Jeffrey Liker) the award-winning book The Toyota Product Development System (2006) and Designing the Future (2018). He has also authored or co-authored several book chapters and articles on product development for the Sloan Management Review, The Engineering Management Journal and other publications. Morgan serves as a senior advisor at The Lean Enterprise Institute.