Thomas W. Malone

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Thomas W. Malone (born 1952) is an American organizational theorist, management consultant, and the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Malone received his BA in applied mathematics, graduating magna cum laude from Rice University. He earned his MS in engineering-economic systems, and his Ph.D. in cognitive and social psychology, both from Stanford University. [1] [2]

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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 directed the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, [3] and co-founded the MIT Initiative called "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century". [4]

The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI) is a research center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, headed by Professor Thomas W. Malone, that focuses on the study of collective intelligence.

Malone was 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, including Fortune , [5] The New York Times , [6] and Wired . [7]

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Malone's 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. [2]

The past two decades[ when? ] of 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. [8]

Video game design

In 1980, Malone published papers in the nascent field of video game design. His paper "Toward a theory of intrinsically motivating instruction" was based on his PhD dissertation. Malone's last paper in this field was published in 1987.[ citation needed ]

Electronic business

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 [9] 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:

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Asia School of Business(ASB) is a partnership between MIT Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia with the goal of creating a business school offering business administration related courses in the form of a 20-month full-time MBA program and executive education classes for students from Malaysia and around the world. Through the partnership, MIT Sloan and Bank Negara collaborate on academic program design, curriculum design, organizational design, admissions, and the administration of the Asia School of Business. Courses at ASB are taught by MIT Sloan faculty and local ASB faculty, with the latter also serving as MIT Sloan International Faculty Fellows who spend time teaching and conducting research development at MIT's main campus. Students in the full-time MBA program study at both the MIT Sloan campus located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the ASB campus located in Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur. The collaboration between MIT Sloan and ASB is currently overseen by Professor Athanasios Orphanides and Professor Eric So of MIT Sloan. The current Dean of ASB is Professor Charles Fine, an operations professor at MIT Sloan.


  1. "Thomas W. Malone". Archived from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  2. 1 2 "Thomas Malone - Faculty | MIT Sloan School of Management". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  3. Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century. Retrieved on 2016-12-21.
  4. Homepage of MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. Retrieved on 2016-12-21.
  5. "FORTUNE: A virtual roundtable - Jun. 27, 2006". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  6. Woolley, Anita; Malone, Thomas W.; Chabris, Christopher F. (2015). "Opinion | Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others". The New York Times. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  7. "Re-Organization Man". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  8. W., Malone, Thomas (2004). The future of work : how the new order of business will shape your organization, your management style, and your life. Boston, Mass.: Harvard Business School Press. ISBN   9781591391258. OCLC   53006759.
  9. Orlikowski, Wanda J. "Using technology and constituting structures: A practice lens for studying technology in organizations." Organization science 11.4 (2000): 404-428.