Thomas W. Malone
Malone received his BA magna cum laude in applied mathematics from Rice University, and at Stanford University his MS in engineering-economic systems, and his Ph.D. in cognitive and social psychology.
After graduation Malone started his career as research scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he was involved in designing educational software and office information systems. In 1983 he joined MIT, where he was appointed Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. At MIT he founded and directes the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, and co-founded the MIT Initiative called "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century".
Malone has been a cofounder of three software companies and has consulted and served as a board member for a number of other organizations. He speaks frequently for business audiences around the world and has been quoted in numerous publications such as Fortune, The New York Times, and Wired.
Malones' research focuses on how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology. At MIT he teaches classes on leadership and information technology.
The past two decades of Professor Malone’s research is summarized in his book The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life.
Video game design
In 1980 Malone published seminal papers in the nascent field of video game design. His paper “Toward a theory of intrinsically motivating instruction” (Malone 1981) was based on his PhD dissertation. Malone's last paper in this field was published in 1987.
In the 1987 article "Electronic markets and electronic hierarchies" written with Joanne Yates, and Robert I. Benjamin, Malone predicted many of the major developments in electronic business over the last decade: electronic buying and selling, electronic markets for many kinds of products, "outsourcing" of non-core functions in a firm, and the use of intelligent agents for commerce.
Malone has published over 50 articles, research papers, and book chapters; he is an inventor with 11 patents. Books, a selection:
- Thomas W. Malone Coordination Theory and Collaboration Technology Erlbaum, 2001.
- Thomas W. Malone, Robert Laubacher, and Michael S. Scott Morton. Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century MIT Press, 2003.
- Thomas W. Malone Organizing Business Knowledge: The MIT Process Handbook MIT Press, 2003.
- Thomas W. Malone The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style, and Your Life Harvard Business School Press 2004.
Articles, a selection:
- Malone, Thomas W. "Toward a theory of intrinsically motivating instruction." Cognitive science 5.4 (1981): 333-369.
- Malone, Thomas W., Joanne Yates, and Robert I. Benjamin. "Electronic markets and electronic hierarchies." Communications of the ACM 30.6 (1987): 484-497.
- Malone, Thomas W., and Mark R. Lepper. "Making learning fun: A taxonomy of intrinsic motivations for learning." Aptitude, learning, and instruction 3 (1987): 223-253.
- Malone, Thomas W., and Kevin Crowston. "The interdisciplinary study of coordination." ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) 26.1 (1994): 87-119.
- Malone, T. W., Crowston, K., Lee, J., Pentland, B., Dellarocas, C., Wyner, G., ... & O'Donnell, E. (1999). Tools for inventing organizations: Toward a handbook of organizational processes. Management Science, 45(3), 425-443.
- Thomas W. Malone long biography at cci.mit.edu. Accessed October 14, 2013.
- Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century
- Homepage of MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
- Orlikowski, Wanda J. "Using technology and constituting structures: A practice lens for studying technology in organizations." Organization science 11.4 (2000): 404-428.
- Thomas W. Malone at MIT