Andrew McAfee

Principal Research Scientist and Associate Director, MIT Sloan School of Management, Co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)


Andrew McAfee

His research investigates how information technology changes the way companies perform, organize themselves, and compete. At a higher level, his work also focuses on how computerization affects competition, society, the economy, and the workforce. In addition to having numerous papers published, Professor McAfee also writes a widely read blog, which is at times one of the 10,000 most popular in the world. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, case studies and other materials for students and teachers of technology. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, McAfee was a professor at Harvard Business School. He has also served as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. McAfee received his doctorate from Harvard Business School, and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT. He speaks frequently to both academic and industry audiences, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.

Faculty Media

  • Munk Debates: Capitalism Is Key In the Fight Against Climate Change

    Andrew McAfee argues why prosperous, capitalist societies are able to take better care of the planet that we all live on.

  • How Will COVID-19 Change Us? Is There Room for Optimism?

    In this wide-ranging April 6 podcast, IDE co-director, Andrew McAfee, talks with PeakOil reporters about the impact coronavirus is having, and the responsibilities of the private and the public...

  • Andrew McAfee Has Some Ideas About How to Fix Capitalism (and Save the Planet)

    Andrew McAfee discusses in this podcast episode.

  • Outlining the Case for Economic Growth as Sustainability Cure, Not Curse

    Americans are using fewer resources despite widespread economic growth. Here’s how technology turned from sustainability foe to friend.

  • Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

    Why Andrew McAfee believes we'll easily meet our challenges and take better care of the people who inhabit the world of the future, without experiencing sustained shortages of food or other...

  • How The iPhone Helped Save the Planet

    In this Wired editorial, Andrew McAfee discusses how over the last 12 years, smartphones have helped dematerialize our consumption of countless other products.

  • Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson: Machine, Platform, Crowd

    Andrew McAfee ​and ​Erik Brynjolfsson are co-authors of the new book “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future,” being hailed as “a must-read road map” for success in the digital...

  • The ‘Minds and Machines’ podcast is like sitting in on chats with tech leaders

    For years, Andrew McAfee has talked about technology and the future with leaders at the most innovative companies. Now you can listen in.

  • 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.


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Digital Business Strategy: Harnessing Our Digital Future (self-paced online) Aug 5-Sep 22, 2020 | Sep 30-Nov 17, 2020 | Nov 25, 2020-Jan 26, 2021