Faculty & Research

Erik Brynjolfsson

  • Schussel Family Professor of Management Science
  • Professor of Information Technology
  • Director, The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

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 http://digital.mit.edu/erik.