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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), PhD
Managerial Economics
Harvard University, AB, SM
Applied Mathematics and Decision Science

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Schussel Family Professor of Management
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Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Schussel Family Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Brynjolfsson’s research and teaching focuses on three questions:

  • How can information technology transform the structures of markets and firms?
  • What is the impact of information technology investments on productivity and business value?
  • How does the Internet affect commerce in general and information goods in particular?

His work has been recognized with nine “Best Paper” awards from fellow academics and five U.S. Patents. He is frequently cited in the business press, and was named one of five “E-Business Visionaries” by BusinessWeek and one of the two most influential academics by Optimize magazine.

Professor Brynjolfsson is the Chair of MIT Sloan Management Review and editor of the Information System Network. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the Communications of the ACM, Information Systems Research, Information Technology and People, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, the International Journal of Electronic Commerce, and Management Science. Erik was also the past co-chairman of the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE).

Professor Brynjolfsson is on the academic advisory board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Time Magazine’s Board of Economists. He is co-principal investigator on several grants by the National Science Foundation to study Information Technology, Organizational Transformation and Productivity. Erik is the coeditor of two books, Understanding the Digital Economy and Strategies for eBusiness Success, and coauthored the Fostering Research on the Economic and Social Impacts of Information Technology on behalf of the National Research Council.

At MIT, Prof. Brynjolfsson teaches courses on the Economics of Information and on Information Technology and Organizations. He also lectures and consults worldwide for public and private organizations.

A graduate of Harvard University, (Magna cum Laude with A.B. and S.M. degrees in Applied Mathematics and Decision Science), his Ph.D. is in Managerial Economics from MIT. Before joining the MIT faculty, he co-founded and directed a software development and consulting firm and taught two of the first courses on Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge-based Systems at Harvard University. From 1996-1998, he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and from 2004-5, he was Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School. He currently serves as a director or advisor for several firms and non-profit organizations.

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