CIO Symposium Contributor


Andrew McAfee, SB ‘88, SM ‘90

Co-Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy

MIT Sloan School of Management

Symposium Roles

Speaker/Panelist 2012, 2013, 2014


Andrew McAfee studies the ways that information technology affects businesses and business as a whole. His research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves, and compete. At a higher level, his work also investigates how computerization affects competition, society, the economy, and the workforce. He and Erik Brynjolfsson are co-authors of the award-winning ebook Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy. He coined the phrase “Enterprise 2.0” in a spring 2006 Sloan Management Review article to describe the use of Web 2.0 tools and approaches by businesses, which subsequently became a best-selling book. Not surprisingly, McAfee’s blog is widely read, often one of the most popular in the world according to Technorati. His current research continues to highlight that technology appears to be significantly reshaping the landscape of competition. Modern information technology is the most powerful tool available to business leaders, yet also the most misunderstood and under-appreciated resource at their disposal. He has written columns for the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and Canadian Manager. He has appeared on the Charlie Rose show, and is a frequent TED speaker.