Erik Brynjolfsson

Schussel Family Professor of Management Science
Professor of Information Technology
Director, The MIT Center for Digital Business


Erik Brynjolfsson Erik Brynjolfsson explores how advances in information technology contribute to business performance and organizational change. He directs the MIT Center for Digital Business, a research initiative that analyzes the business uses of the Internet and other digital Technologies. His projects include a study of information worker productivity, a valuation method for intangible organizational capital, calibration of increased product variety online (a.k.a. the "long tail".) and an analysis of optimal pricing strategies for digital goods. In a related work, Brynjolfsson is assessing how investments in computers and networks alter economic growth, industry structure, and labor demand.

Faculty Media

  • WATCH: Building Skills For An Inclusive Economy

    Join the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), along with Eric Schmidt and Robert DeLeo, for “Building Skills for an Inclusive Economy”, a panel highlighting how technology can close the...

  • Good Management Predicts a Firm’s Success Better Than IT, R&D, or Even Employee Skills

    The public remains divided over the value of good management. But what does the data tell us?

  • Where Robots Come In

    Marketplace talks to Erik Brynjolfsson about stagnated wages in middle-skilled jobs, and how this makes them ripe for robot takeover.

  • Where Computers Defeat Humans, and Where They Can’t

    "...This approach to programming computers is severely limited; it can’t be used in the many domains, like Go, where we know more than we can tell."

  • Bring on the Robots, Please!

    And one of the oldest and most pervasive and pernicious economic ideas is that technology kills jobs.

  • Here's One More Thing to Blame on Senior Management

    In their search for a solution to the big problems facing developed economies -- rising inequality, falling productivity growth and less national income going to workers -- researchers have zeroed...

  • The Rise of Data-Driven Decision Making Is Real but Uneven

    "As Jim Barksdale, the former CEO of Netscape quipped, 'If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine,'" write Erik Brynjolfsson.

  • Boom or Gloom?

    In a phone interview, Brynjolfsson made the point that “we are far from tapping out the innovations” growing out of digitization, computers and information technology.

  • The Robotics Industry Wants You To Think It Creates More Jobs Than It Kills

    Erik Brynjolfsson at MIT say computers are already automating routine, processing type roles and that, in the future, robots will do increasingly "high skill" things as well.

  • Why GDP Fails as a Measure of Well-Being

    MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson noted at the recently concluded World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, "GDP is a poor way of assessing the health of our economies and we urgently need to find...


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