RPA Influencers

Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson is known for his IT Productivity research and works on the economics which influences the world in both digital marketing and automation.

He is also a professor MIT Sloan School of Management, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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  • Research
  • Public Speaking
  • Economics


Born in a well-educated family, have both parents as a nuclear physicist, Erik Brynjolfsson received his magna cum laude in 1984 from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences. Later in 1991, he fished his Ph.D. Managerial Economics from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Brynjolfsson worked as a faculty for universities like MIT, Harvard, and Stanford from year 1985 to 1998. He was later appointed as the Schussel Family Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2001.

Milestones in life

  • Research Expert

Brynjolfsson research has been recognized as one of the top papers in the world. His research focuses on the economic impacts of information technology on productivity at both the level of the firm and the economy.

Recently, his books “The Second Machine Age” and “Race Against the Machin”e, were recognized as one of the most influential books for technology, pushing leaders and companies update their digital marketing strategy and platform.

  • Information Technology and Productivity

Brynjolfsson wrote an influential review of the “IT Productivity Paradox” and in separate research, documented a correlation between IT investment and productivity. His work provides evidence that the use of Information Technology is most likely to increase productivity when it is combined with complementary business processes and human capital.


  1. Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future
  2. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
  3. Race Against the Machine
  4. Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy

Top Articles

  1. Brynjolfsson, Erik, Xiang Hui and Meng Liu. “Artificial intelligence can transform the economy.” Op-Ed, The Washington Post, September 18. 2018.
  2. Liu, Meng, Erik Brynjolfsson and Jason Dowlatabadi. “Do Digital Platforms Reduce Moral Hazard? The Case of Uber and Taxis.” NBER Working Paper No. 25015. Issued September 2018. 


“Now comes the second machine age. Computers and other digital advances are doing for mental power—the ability to use our brains to understand and shape our environments—what the steam engine and its descendants did for muscle power.” 

― Erik Brynjolfsson,

“The main lesson of thirty-five years of AI research is that the hard problems are easy and the easy problems are hard. . . . As the new generation of intelligent devices appears, it will be the stock analysts and petrochemical engineers and parole board members who are in danger of being replaced by machines. The gardeners, receptionists, and cooks are secure in their jobs for decades to come.”

― Erik Brynjolfsson,