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John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown
John Seely Brown
Born 1940
Utica, New York
Alma mater Brown University and University of Michigan

John Seely Brown (born 1940),[1] also known as "JSB", is a researcher who specializes in organizational studies with a particular bent towards the organizational implications of computer-supported activities.

His research interests include the management of radical innovation, University of Michigan School of Information. The first JSB symposium in 2000 featured a lecture by Stanford Professor of Law Lawrence Lessig, titled "Architecting Innovation," and a panel discussion, "The Implications of Open Source Software," featuring Brown, Lessig and the William D. Hamilton Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems at SI, Michael D. Cohen. Subsequent events were held in 2002, 2006 and 2008.

Brown graduated from Brown University in 1962 with degrees in physics and mathematics. In 1972 he received a PhD from the University of Michigan in computer and communication sciences.[2]


  • Major positions and roles 1
  • Education, degrees and awards 2
  • Publications 3
  • Amazon Controversy 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Major positions and roles

Education, degrees and awards


  • John Seely Brown, Douglas Thomas, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change, CreateSpace 2011. ISBN 9781456458881.
  • John Seely Brown, Foreword, in: Toru Iiyoshi M.S. Vijay Kumar, Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge, The MIT Press 2010. ISBN 9780262515016.
  • John Seely Brown, John Hagel III, Lang Davison, The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things In Motion, Basic Books 2010. ISBN 9780465019359.
  • John Seely Brown, John Hagel III, How World Of Warcraft Promotes Innovation; in: Willms Buhse/Ulrike Reinhard: Wenn Anzugträger auf Kapuzenpullis treffen (When Suits meet Hoodies), whois-Verlag 2009. ISBN 9783934013988.
  • John Seely Brown, John Hagel III, The Only Sustainable Edge: Why Business Strategy Depends On Productive Friction And Dynamic Specialization, Harvard Business Review Press 2005. ISBN 9781591397205.
  • John Seely Brown, Stephen Denning, Katalina Groh, Laurence Prusak, Storytelling in Organizations: Why Storytelling Is Transforming 21st Century Organizations and Management, Butterworth-Heinemann 2004. ISBN 9780750678209.
  • John Seely Brown, John Hagel III, Out of The Box: Strategies for Achieving Profits Today and Growth Tomorrow Through Web Services, Harvard Business Press 2002. ISBN 9781578516803
  • John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid, The Social Life of Information, Harvard Business Review Press 2000. ISBN 9780875847627.
  • John Seely Brown (Ed.), Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation, Harvard Business Press 1997. ISBN 9780875847559
  • John Seely Brown, Research that Reinvents the Corporation, Harvard Business Review 1991.
  • John Seely Brown, D. Sleemann (Eds.), Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Academic Press 1982. ISBN 9780126486810
  • More than 100 papers in academic journals

Amazon Controversy

Due to his position on the Amazon board of directors, Brown was the recipient of a letter, signed by eleven hundred authors, protesting Amazon’s interfering with the sale of books by Hachette authors at the website. The letter, which received wide media attention [4][5][6] asked if he, as a director, had approved the policy. [7]


  1. ^ "John Seely Brown". Notablebiographies. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "About John Seely Brown". Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
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External links

  • John Seely Brown's website
  • Big Shift Blog with John Hagel and Lang Davison -- Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation
  • The 2009 Shift Index: Measuring the forces of long-term change
  • John Seely Brown's BusinessWeek columns (co-authored with John Hagel)
  • John Seely Brown's collaborative site with John Hagel
  • "Keeping things simple" article in vodafone-receiver magazine nr.18
  • Meet John Seely Brown, Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation
  • John Seely Brown Symposium
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