Bio: John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation, was Director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for 12 years. While head of PARC, he expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, microelectrical mechanical system (MEMS), and NANO technology. His personal research interests include digital culture, ubiquitous computing, Web service architectures, and organizational and individual learning.
He is a member of the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Brown is a Trustee of Brown University and the MacArthur Foundation, and he also serves on numerous boards of directors and advisory boards. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and was awarded the Harvard Business Review’s 1991 McKinsey Award for his article, “Research that Reinvents the Corporation,” and again in 2002 for his article (with John Hagel), “Your Next IT Strategy.” In 1997, he published the book Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation (Harvard Business Review Books). He received the 1998 Industrial Research Institute Medal for outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation and the 1999 Holland Award in recognition of the best paper published in Research Technology Management in 1998. With Paul Duguid, he co-authored the acclaimed book, The Social Life of Information (HBS Press, 2000), which has been translated into nine languages with a second edition in 2002.
He received an A.B. from Brown University in 1962 in mathematics and physics and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1970 in computer and communication sciences.
Expertise: Learning in the Innovation Process– organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, microelectrical mechanical system (MEMS), NANO technology, digital culture, ubiquitous computing, and Web service architectures
Publications & News
Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation (Harvard Business Review Books)
The Social Life of Information (co-author) (HBS Press, 2000)