Thomas W. Malone


Thomas W. Malone


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.



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

Song, Jaeyoon, Christoph Riedl, and Thomas W. Malone, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6159-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, July 2020.

"Collective Intelligence."

Malone, Thomas W., and Anita W. Woolley. In Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence, edited by Robert J. Sternberg, 780-801. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

"How Can Human-Computer “Superminds” Develop Business Strategies?"

Malone, Thomas W. In Superminds: The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together, edited by Franz Heukamp and Jordi Canals, 165-183. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

"What AI Will Do to Corporate Hierarchies."

Malone, Thomas W. Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2019.

"The Impact of Cognitive Style Diversity on Implicit Learning in Teams."

Aggarwal, Ishani, Anita W. Woolley, Christopher F. Chabris, and Thomas W. Malone. Frontiers in Psychology Vol. 10, (2019): 1-112.

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