Nicholas Carr Profile

An expert commentator on technology, business and culture, Nicholas Carr created a sensation with his Harvard Business Review (a publication for which he has been executive editor)article, “IT Doesn’t Matter,” which initiated debate around the world on the importance of information technology for business.

Nick’s subsequent book, Does IT Matter? : Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage, published by Harvard Business School Press, was a bestseller and continues to drive the global conversation regarding the position of technology in business. Another bestselling book, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, expanded into explorations of the implication of future developments in computing for both the business and wider worlds. His most recent book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, an examination of the influence of the Internet on our ways of thinking and social interaction, was recently shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction.

Nick’s insight into future technology is much in demand; he has written many articles for the Harvard Business Review and is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Strategy & Business and The Guardian. Other outlets which have used his contributions include the New York Times, Wired, Business 2.0, the Boston Globe and The Banker, amongst many others.

In addition to his acclaimed speaking engagements, Nick has been a commentator on CNBC, CNN and other networks. His book Does IT Matter? has been named by CIO Insight as one of the fifteen most groundbreaking management books of all time, and he regularly appears in lists of the most influential people in information technology.

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    A former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, Nicholas Carr writes and speaks on technology, business, and culture. His intriguing Harvard Business Review article “IT Doesn’t Matter,” was an instant sensation, setting the stage for the global debate on the strategic value of information technology in business.

    His book, Does IT Matter? : Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage, published by Harvard Business School Press, was a bestseller and kept the worldwide business community discussing the role of computers and IT in business. A business bestseller, his book, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, examines the future of computing and its implications for business and society. The Wall Street Journal says, The Big Switch, is “destined to influence CEOs and the boards and investors that support them as companies grapple with the constant change of the digital age.” Nick’s latest publication was recently honored as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction. It is entitled The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. The book examines the intellectual and social consequences of the Internet.

    A prolific and nimble thought leader, Carr has written more than a dozen articles and interviews for Harvard Business Review and writes regularly for the Financial Times, Strategy & Business and The Guardian. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, MIT Sloan Management Review, Wired, Business 2.0, Boston Globe, Industry Standard, The Banker, Director, BusinessWeek Online as well as in his popular blog, Rough Type. He also edited The Digital Enterprise, a book of HBR writings on the Internet.

    Nick has served as a commentator on CNBC, CNN, and other networks and has been a featured speaker worldwide at industry, educational, and government forums. In Spring 2008 CIO Insight named Carr’s, Does IT Matter? one of the all-time “Top 15 Most Groundbreaking Management Books” and Ziff Davis included him as one of only a handful of IT management thought leaders on their “100 Most Influential People in IT” list. EWeek named him one of the 100 most influential people in IT and in 2005, Optimize magazine named Carr one of the leading thinkers on information technology. Earlier in his career, Carr was a principal at Mercer Management Consulting. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A., in English literature, from Harvard University.

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Called an “exceedingly lucid” speaker by Computerworld, Nicholas presents on topics such as technology, culture, economics, and innovation. His compelling presentations have been given at Harvard, MIT, Wharton, U.C. Berkeley, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, NASA, the University of Sydney, and Moscow State University. He has also addressed hundreds of industry, company, governmental, and professional events in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Nicholas’ keynote speeches contain real-world case studies and practical advice, and challenge conventional wisdom by spurring fresh thinking and constructive debate.

The Glass Cage

Digging behind the headlines about artificial intelligence and self-driving cars, digitized medicine and workplace robots, Carr explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over work and leisure. In this presentation based on themes in his book, The Glass Cage, Carr explores the impact of automation from a deeply human perspective. Mixing history and philosophy, poetry and science, the book culminates in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand—rather than narrow—the human experience.

The Shallows

Drawing on themes in his New York Times bestselling book, The Shallows, Carr lucidly examines the most important topic in contemporary culture—the mental and social transformation created by the electronic environment. In this presentation, Carr provides a deep, enlightening examination of how the Internet influences the brain and its neutral pathways. He concludes with a very humanistic petition for balancing human and computer interactions.

Building a Bridge to the Cloud

Over the past few years, much of the excitement—and challenge—of cloud computing has focused on building the infrastructure. But just like 100 years ago when the electric grid was built, the biggest wave of innovation really begins after the infrastructure is stable. In this talk, Carr looks ahead to the next stage of cloud disruption and provides practical advice on how companies can “build bridges to the cloud” for their customers.

The Big Switch

Carr’s bestselling books serve as a backdrop to this talk about how the Internet is turning into the World Wide Computer as data and software move into the internet cloud. Exploring the narrow definition of “Web 2.0,” Carr puts the shift into a broad technological, economic, and historical context, laying out the challenges and opportunities that businesses face as they confront computing’s new age.

The Prudent Innovator

Noting that innovation isn’t free, Carr argues that organizations should focus their creativity on a few critical areas—the ones capable of producing a competitive edge—and be ruthless imitators elsewhere. Using compelling examples in this talk, he offers a series of pragmatic and surprising strategies that will increase the odds that innovation initiatives and investments pay off.

Does IT Matter?

Carr calls on his celebrated book, Does IT Matter? to examine the strategic role of IT with the audience. He examines whether IT innovation can still provide strong competitive advantage, or has it become a cost of doing business—essential but strategically inert? This presentation will challenge assumptions of technologists and business managers alike.

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Books by Nicholas Carr:

The Shallows

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

Is Google making us stupid? When Nicholas Carr posed that question in a celebrated Atlantic essay, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: As we enjoy the internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

With his acclaimed book The Shallows, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the net’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. The Shallows is, writes Slate, “a Silent Spring for the literary mind”.

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