Andrew Mcafee Bio

Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy and Principal Research Scientist

MIT Sloan School of Management



Repeatedly honored as one of the most influential people in business IT, Andy McAfee studies the ways that information technology (IT) affects businesses. His exciting research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform,organize, and compete. At a higher level, his work also examines how computerization influences competition, society, the economy, and the workforce.



An engaging and provocative speaker, he presents frequently to both academic and industry audiences, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.



McAfee’s most recent book, Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy, was named the best IT Business Book of 2011 by CIO Insight. It assembles a range of data, examples, and research to illustrate that the average U.S. worker is being left behind by advances in technology. Andy is already working on a new book in which he explores the challenges and opportunities of digitization. Already a visionary in the cloud arena, in his November 2011 Harvard Business Review article, What Every CEO Needs to Know About the Cloud, McAfee examined the cloud and its benefits, notes common barriers and concerns, and offers immediate actions for executives to consider. Harvard Business Review highlighted Andy’s work again in October 2012 when the publication included his latest article on Big Data.



His blog is widely read, becoming at times one of the 10,000 most popular in the world (according to Technorati). Andy also writes a blog for Harvard Business Review’s HBR Voices and his posts are regularly reprinted at



McAfee coined the phrase “Enterprise 2.0” in a spring 2006 Sloan Management Review article to describe the use of Web 2.0 tools and approaches by businesses. McAfee’s bestselling book, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization’s Toughest Challenges, was published in November 2009 by Harvard Business School Press. In the July / August 2008 issue of Harvard Business Review, McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson published Investing in the IT that Makes a Competitive Difference, a summary of their research investigating IT’s links to changes in competition.



McAfee is the author or co-author of over 100 articles, case studies, and other materials for students and teachers of technology. This work has convinced him that modern information technology is the most powerful tool available to business leaders, yet also the most misunderstood and under-appreciated resource at their disposal.



Andy is currently a principal research scientist at the Center for Digital Business in the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was previously a professor in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School and a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He received his Doctorate from Harvard Business School, and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT.