Eric K. Clemons

Professor of Operations Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Eric K. Clemons is Professor of Operations Information and Decisions at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research for the past 30 years has involved the systematic study of the transformational effects of information on the strategy and practice of business. He was among the first to study online global securities trading (1986), business process outsourcing (1991), the abuse of power in computer search systems (1991), channel conflict and successful and unsuccessful areas for the introduction of eCommerce (1996), and the effect of information on product proliferation and the transformation of consumer behavior in these new marketplaces (1996). He has worked in areas with the most senior executives in areas as diverse as international finance and global counter terrorism, to craft brewing and marketing of consumer packaged goods. More recently, he has begun studying privacy and the challenges of applying current antitrust law to online business models. His most recent project is integrating three decades of study into a single volume “New Patterns of Power and Profit: A Guide to the Information Age.” Dr. Clemons is the founder and project director for the Wharton School’s Sponsored Research Project on Information: Strategy and Economics within the Program for Global Strategy and Knowledge Intensive Organizations. His education includes an S.B. in Physics from MIT, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University. He has held appointments at Wharton, the Harvard Business School, the Johnson School of Management at Cornell, the Engineering College at Cornell, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Peking University Law School, and the Desautels Centre at the Rotman School of the University of Toronto. He has published over 100 scholarly articles and regularly publishes online in Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Tech Crunch.