Shoshana Zuboff

"The true prophet of the information age".


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Shoshana Zuboff joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1981. One of the first tenured women at the school, she was the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration. In 2014 and 2015 she was a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Her career has been devoted to the study of the rise of the digital, its individual, organizational, and social consequences, and its relationship to the history and future of capitalism. She also founded and led the executive education program, Odyssey: School for the Second Half of Life.

Shoshana Zuboff’s latest book is “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power”. This new work integrates Zuboff’s lifelong themes: the historical emergence of psychological individuality, the conditions for human development, the digital revolution, and the evolution of capitalism. It begins with the oldest questions: home or exile? master or slave? It explores the emergence of surveillance capitalism as the dominant form of information capitalism and its implications for individuals, society, and democracy in the twenty-first century.

Long before the economic crisis of 2007-2008, Shoshana Zuboff published “The Economy Support”. This far-reaching multi-disciplinary effort integrated history, sociology, management, and economics to explain why today’s business models have reached the limits of their adaptive range. The Economy Support  has been praised and translated around the world.  It was selected by strategy+business as one of the top ten business books of 2003 and ranked number one in the “Values” category. BusinessWeek named it the “number one idea” in its special issue on “Twenty Five Ideas for a Changing World”. Inc. magazine described The Support Economy as “the new new thing” in its special anniversary issue on entrepreneurship.

Previously, she was author of the celebrated classic «In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power» (1988), Shoshana has been called “the true prophet of the information age”.

In 2006, strategy+business named Shoshana among the eleven most original business thinkers in the world.  She was featured in 2004 as a “Creative Mind” in strategy+business, described as “a maverick management guru…one of the sharpest most unorthodox thinkers today.”

From 2003 to 2005,  Shoshana Zuboff shared her ideas on the future of business and society in her popular monthly column “Evolving”, in the magazine Fast Company.  From 2007 through 2009 she was a featured columnist for Her work has been showcased on CNBC, Reuters International, and the Today Show as well as in the BrandEins, Fortune, Inc., Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, CIO, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and many other news outlets. She has been heard on over 200 radio shows, including top coverage on NPR’s Marketplace, TechNation, Sound Money, Morning Edition, BBC, and the BBC World Service.