Erik Brynjolfsson

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


Erik BrynjolfssonErik 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

  • How to Outsmart the Robots in the Next Hiring Boom

    While AI and robotics make routine processing tasks fast and cheap, he argues, we’ll also see growth in fields like nursing and sales—jobs that require interpersonal, creative, and entrepreneurial...

  • 10 Jobs Your Computer Will Steal in the Second Machine Age

    Computers, and machines more generally, have been changing people's lives since the invention of the most primitive tools, but IT is now reaching a point where it can match mental work and...

  • It's Time for Presidential Candidates to Reckon with Robots

    Presidential candidates have been arguing for more than two decades now about whether free trade is hurting middle-class workers. In 2016, they may launch a similar debate about robots and...

  • Best Conference Paper: Erik Brynjolfsson and George Westerman

    Erik Brynjolfsson and George Westerman won the 2014 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Award for Best Conference Paper. Their winning paper is entitled, “Racing With and...

  • CBS News: Are Robot Hurting Job Growth?

    Professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee on 60 Minutes discussing robots and the effect on job growth.

  • Ted Tuesdays: Erik Brynjolfsson

    Is growth dead? asks Erik Brynjolfsson, the director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, in the opening of his 2013 talk. With more machines replacing human labour and with innovation causing...

  • Embrace the Bot: MIT Professors Explore a Better Future through Automation in The Second Machine Age

    Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee discuss their new book, The Second Machine Age, with Alyssa Edes on

  • Erik Brynjolfsson Explains How Technology Drives Inequality And The Scary Truth About Robots

    MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee have just published their book "The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies," which looks at the...

  • Here Come the Robots

    If the boldest predictions made about technology turn out to be true, humans like you would still read stories but humans like me would not research, analyse, interview, transcribe, scribble, plan,...

  • New World Order: Labor, Capital, and Ideas in the Power Law Economy

    Recent advances in technology have created an increasingly unified global marketplace for labor and capital. The ability of both to flow to their highest-value uses, regardless of their location,...


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