Erik Brynjolfsson

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


Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson is Director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science at the MIT Sloan School, and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, and intangible assets.

At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information and the Analytics Lab. He has also taught at Stanford University and Harvard University.

Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. His research provided the first quantification of online product variety value, known as the “Long Tail,” and developed pricing and bundling models for information goods. Recognized with ten Best Paper awards and five patents, Brynjolfsson’s research has appeared in leading economics, management, and science journals. His papers can be found at

He is the author of several books including, with coauthor Andrew McAfee, the New York Times best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (2014) and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future (forthcoming, June 2017). Brynjolfsson is editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on editorial boards of numerous academic journals as well as the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Brynjolfsson holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Harvard University in applied mathematics and decision sciences, and a PhD from MIT in managerial economics. 

Faculty Media

  • Five Questions for Erik Brynjolfsson

    The MIT economist who foresaw the swift rise of artificial intelligence talks about how it can be made to work for humans, not push them aside.

  • 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...

  • The Business of Artificial Intelligence

    What it can — and cannot — do for your organization.

  • The Future On Fast Forward

    GE used ‘crowdfunding’ to gauge interest in a new ice maker. McDonald’s has begun adding self-service ordering in all its U.S. locations.

  • 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?

  • 2017 MIT CIO Symposium in Photos

    Sessions at the event explored everything from machine learning and internet of things (IoT) to business leadership and talent management -- and the SearchCIO team was there to cover it all.

  • Why AI Will Force Businesses to Rethink?

    At the MIT CIO Symposium in Cambridge, MA, thought leaders in AI explained how we have entered 'the second wave of the second machine age' and what it means for enterprise leaders.

  • 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.


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