Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California
John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar at USC and advisor to the Provost. He is also the independent co-chair of Deloitte's new research center in Silicon Valley. Prior to that he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a position he held for nearly two decades. While head of PARC, Brown expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, knowledge management, complex adaptive systems, and nano/mems technologies. He was a cofounder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). His personal research interests include the management of radical innovation, digital youth culture, digital media, and new forms of communication and learning.
John, or as he is often called JSB, is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and of AAAS and a Trustee of Brown University and the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on numerous public boards (Amazon, Corning, Varian Medical Systems) and private boards of directors. 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 “Your Next IT Strategy." With Paul Duguid he co-authored the acclaimed book The Social Life of Information which has been translated into 9 languages with a second addition in April 2002, and with John Hagel he has just finished a book The Only Sustainable Edge which is about new forms of collaborative innovation. An excerpt from it was recently published in BusinessWeek (January 30).