Faculty Research Spotlight
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In today's knowledge-based economy, it pays to be an “information hub.” That’s one of the implications of groundbreaking research by MIT Sloan Professor Erik Brynjolfsson and colleagues affiliated with the MIT Center for Digital Business. They found that information workers whose strong e-mail networks allow them to receive new information sooner than their peers — or to receive more pieces of new information — are likely to be more productive than their less well-connected counterparts. Workers who are “information hubs” complete more projects in a given period of time and thus generate more revenue for their firm.
Ed Roberts came to MIT as a teenager — and never left. To say his time here has been productive would be an understatement. In addition to the four degrees he's earned and decades of teaching and research, this energetic innovator founded and chairs the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and co-founded the Management of Technology Program. His latest accomplishment is the introduction of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. Fondly known as E&I, this phenomenally popular element of the MBA program leverages the entrepreneurial ecosystem at MIT and brings likeminded entrepreneurs together.