Erik Brynjolfsson is the Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. He is also the Schussel Family Professor of Management at MIT Sloan, Chairman of MIT Sloan Management Review, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance. At MIT, he teaches courses on the Economics of Information and co-directs the Analytic Lab. He has also taught at Harvard and Stanford. Professor Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure the productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. His research also quantified the value of online product variety and developed pricing and bundling models for information goods. Brynjolfsson’s research has appeared in leading economics, management, and science journals. He has been recognized with ten Best Paper awards and five patents. Along with Andrew McAfee, he wrote the best-selling book The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, as well as Race Against the Machine. Professor Brynjolfsson holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences and a PhD from MIT in Managerial Economics.
Barbara Dyer is president & CEO of The Hitachi Foundation, a senior advisor in the formulation and implementation of Hitachi’s North American CSR strategy and is a Senior Lecturer and Visiting Scientist at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. The Hitachi Foundation, established by Hitachi in 1985, is an expression of the company’s commitment to global corporate citizenship. Ms. Dyer has sharpened the Foundation’s focus on the role of business in society, with a particular emphasis on the role of business in ameliorating poverty in America. Under Ms. Dyer’s leadership the Foundation has been an influential force in the broader CSR field and has been instrumental in shaping two major national collaborative philanthropic initiatives – Jobs to Careers with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the United States Department of Labor; and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. In 2010, Jobs to Careers received the Critical Impact Awardand the National Fund for Workforce Solutions received Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year for Collaboration, the two highest honors proffered by the Council on Foundations.
Andrey Fradkin is a postdoctoral fellow at the Initiative on the Digitial Economy at MIT Sloan and a part-time data scientist at Airbnb. His research interests include the design of online platforms, the economic effects of digitization, and the economics of labor markets. He received a doctorate in economics from Stanford University in 2014 and a BS in economics and mathematics from Duke University in 2008.
Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a Professor of Work and Employment Research and Engineering Systems, and the CoDirector of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kochan focuses on the need to update America’s work and employment policies, institutions, and practices to catch up with a changing workforce and economy. His recent work calls attention to the challenges facing working families in meeting their responsibilities at work, at home, and in their communities. Through empirical research, he demonstrates that fundamental changes in the quality of employee and labor-management relations are needed to address America’s critical problems in industries ranging from healthcare to airlines to manufacturing. His most recent book is Shaping the Future of Work (Business Experts Press, 2016).
Andrew McAfee is the Co-Director of the IDE and a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research investigates how information technology changes the way companies perform, organize themselves, and compete. At a higher level, his work also focuses on how computerization affects competition, society, the economy, and the workforce. In addition to having numerous papers published, Professor McAfee also writes a widely read blog, which is at times one of the 10,000 most popular in the world. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, case studies and other materials for students and teachers of technology. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, McAfee was a professor at Harvard Business School. He has also served as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. McAfee received his doctorate from Harvard Business School, and completed two Master of Science and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT. He speaks frequently to both academic and industry audiences, and has taught in executive education programs around the world.