Andrew Paul McAfee
Andrew Paul McAfee (born c. 1967), a principal research scientist at MIT, is cofounder and codirector of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies how digital technologies are changing the world.
Life and work
McAfee received his BS in mechanical engineering in 1988, his MS in management in 1990, and in 1999 he obtained his Doctorate from Harvard Business School, with a thesis titled The impact of enterprise information systems on operational effectiveness: An empirical investigation. He completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT.
His research investigates how IT changes the way companies perform, organize themselves, and compete, and at a higher level, how computerization affects competition, society, the economy, and the workforce. He was previously a professor at Harvard Business School and a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
McAfee is the author of Enterprise 2.0, published in November 2009 by Harvard Business School Press, and co-author of Race Against the Machine with Erik Brynjolfsson. In 2014, this work was expanded into the book The Second Machine Age.
He writes for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He speaks frequently to both academic and industry audiences, most notably at TED 2013 and on The Charlie Rose Show.
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. He also began blogging at that time, both about Enterprise 2.0 and about his other research.
In the July/August 2008 issue of Harvard Business Review, McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson published the article “Investing in the IT that Makes a Competitive Difference,” a summary of their research investigating IT's links to changes in competition. This work was the first to reveal that competition began to heat up in the US in the mid 1990s – to become faster paced, more turbulent, and more winner-take-all – and that this acceleration was greater in industries that spent more on IT. This research continues, and continues to highlight the fact that technology appears to be significantly reshaping the landscape of competition.
McAfee's first book, Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges, brings together case studies and examples with key concepts from economics, sociology, computer science, consumer psychology, and management studies of how leading organizations are incorporating the web's novel tools and philosophies.
His second book, Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy, co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson, brings together a range of data, examples, and research to show that the average US worker is being left behind by advances in technology.
In September 2014, he co-authored the book Leading Digital – Turning Technology into Business Transformation, with George Westermann (MIT) and Didier Bonnet (Capgemini Consulting).
In 2016 and 2018 McAfee cowrote two more books with Brynjolfsson, titled The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future respectively.
In October 2019, Scribner published More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources — and What Happens Next.
In 2008, the editors of the technical publishing house Ziff-Davis named McAfee number 38 in their list of the “100 Most Influential People in IT”. He was also named by Baseline magazine to a separate, unranked list of the 50 most influential people in business IT that year. In 2009, he was the only non-executive in the Everything Channel's group of the 100 most influential executives in the technology industry.
Along with Erik Brynjolfsson, he was awarded the top prize in the Digital Thinkers category at the Thinkers 50 Gala on November 9, 2015.
- Enterprise 2.0: New Collaborative Tools for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges (2009) ISBN 9781422125878
- Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy with Erik Brynjolfsson (2012) ISBN 9780984725113
- Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation with George Westermann (2014) ISBN 9781625272478
- The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies with Erik Brynjolfsson (2016) ISBN 9780393350647
- Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future with Erik Brynjolfsson (2018) ISBN 9780393356069
- More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources — and What Happens Next (2019) ISBN 9780805095111
- "Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee: Professor and research scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management". Politico. 2014.
- "MIT Sloan CIO Symposium: Andrew McAfee". MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- McAfee, Andrew (2009-12-01). "Enterprise 2.0: How to Manage Social Technologies to Transform Your Organization". ISBN 978-1422125878.
- Brynjolfsson, Erik; McAfee, Andrew (2012-01-23). "Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy". ISBN 978-0984725113.
- "TED: Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?". June 2013.
- "The Charlie Rose Show". 2009-01-06.
- "Harvard Business Review: Shattering the Myths About Enterprise 2.0". November 2009.
- Lohr, Steve (2011-10-23). "New York Times: More Jobs Predicted for Machines, Not People". The New York Times.
- McAfee, Andrew (2019-10-08). More from less : the surprising story of how were learning to prosper using fewer resourcesand... what happens next. [S.l.] ISBN 978-1982103576. OCLC 1085159635.