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Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. At MIT, he is also a Professor of Information Technology and a Professor of Work and Organizational Studies. Previously, he was the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding codirectors of the MIT Initiative on Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century. Malone teaches classes on organizational design, information technology, and leadership, and his research focuses on how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology.

Malone predicted in an article published in 1987 many of the major developments in electronic business over the following 25 years, including electronic buying and selling for many kinds of products. In 2004, Malone summarized two decades of his research in his critically acclaimed book, The Future of Work. His newest book, Superminds, appeared in May 2018. Malone has also published over 100 articles, research papers, and book chapters. He is the coeditor of four books.

Malone has been a cofounder of four software companies and has consulted and served as a board member for a number of other organizations. He is also an inventor with 11 patents.

His background includes work as a research scientist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a PhD from Stanford University, an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich, and degrees in applied mathematics, engineering, and psychology.

 

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Malone named as Honorary Fellow of Argentinian Engineers Center

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"Supermind Design for Responding to Covid-19: A Case Study of University Students Generating Innovative Ideas for a Societal Problem."

Koppineni, Akhilesh, David Sun Kong, and Thomas W. Malone, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6569-22. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, February 2022.

"A Test for Evaluating Performance in Human-Computer Systems."

Campero, Andres, Michelle Vaccaro, Jaeyoon Song, Haoran Wen, Abdullah Almaatouq, Thomas W. Malone, Working Paper. 2022.

"The Collective Intelligence of Remote Teams."

Riedl, Christoph, Thomas W. Malone, and Anita W. Woolley. MIT Sloan Management Review, October 21, 2021.

"Quantifying Collective Intelligence in Human Groups."

Riedl, Christoph, Young Ji Kim, Pranav Gupta, Thomas W. Malone, and Anita Williams Woolley. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol. 118, No. 21 (2021): e20057371.

"​Online Mingling: Supporting Ad Hoc, Private Conversations at Virtual Conferences."

Jaeyoon Song, Christoph Riedl, and Thomas W. Malone. In Proceedings of the 2021 Computer-Human Interaction Conference, Yokohama, Japan: May 2021. Download Paper.

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