He has been a cofounder of three software companies and has consulted and served as a board member for a number of other organisations. He was also the founder and director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century.” And has summarised his groundbreaking research in his critically acclaimed book, The Future of Work.
He speaks frequently for business audiences around the world and has been quoted in numerous publications such as the New York Times, the Economist, and Wired. Before joining the MIT faculty in 1983, Malone was a research scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). His background also includes a B.A. in mathematical sciences from Rice University, an M.S. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in cognitive and social psychology from Stanford University.
Professor Malone has published over 100 articles, research papers, and book chapters, including a widely cited 2010 article in Science magazine on measuring the collective intelligence of human groups. He is also an inventor with 11 patents and the co-editor of four books: Coordination Theory and Collaboration Technology(2001), Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century (2003), Organizing Business Knowledge: The MIT Process Handbook (2003), and Handbook of Collective Intelligence (2015). In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich.