Erik Brynjolfsson

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


Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, the Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School, and Chairman of the MIT Sloan Management Review.

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.

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

Brynjolfsson is the author or co-editor of several books including the  NYT bestseller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. He is editor of SSRN’s Information System Network and has served on the editorial boards of numerous academic journals as well as the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He is also a Research Associate at the NBER.

 Brynjolfsson holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard University in applied mathematics and decision sciences and a PhD from MIT in managerial economics.

He has also taught at Harvard University and Stanford University.  His papers can be found at

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...

  • 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.

  • 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.


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