John Seely Brown
(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, digital culture
, ubiquitous computing
, autonomous computing and organizational learning
. JSB is also the namesake of John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society, held at the 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.
Major positions and roles