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.



"Experimental Assessment of Aggregation Principles in Argumentation-enabled Collective Intelligence."

Awad, Edmond, Jean-François Bonnefon, Martin Caminada, Thomas W. Malone, and Iyad Rahwan. ACM Transactions on Internet Technology Vol. 17, No. 3 (2017): 1-21.

"Putting the Pieces back Together Again: Contest Webs for Large-Scale Problem Solving."

Thomas W. Malone, Jeffrey V. Nickerson, Robert J. Laubacher, Laur Hesse Fisher, Patrick de Boer, Yue Han, and W. Ben Towne. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, edited by Charlotte P. Lee, Portland, OR: February 2017.

"What Makes a Strong Team? Using Collective Intelligence to Predict Team Performance in League of Legends."

Young Ji Kim, David Engel, Anita Williams Woolley, Jeffrey Yu-Ting Lin, Naomi McArthur, and Thomas W. Malone. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, edited by Charlotte P. Lee, Portland, OR: February 2017.

"Collective Intelligence and Group Performance."

Woolley, Anita Williams, Ishani Aggarwal, and Thomas W. Malone. Current Directions in Psychological Science Vol. 24, No. 6 (2015): 420-424.

Handbook of Collective Intelligence.

Malone, Thomas W. and Michael S. Bernstein (Eds.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015.

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