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- Moving from Push to Pull - Emerging Models for Mobilizing Resources (PDF)
John Hagel and John Seely Brown

- Capturing the Real Value from Offshoring in Asia (PDF)
John Hagel

- The Agile Dance of Architectures Reframing IT Enabled Business Opportunities (PDF)
John Hagel and John Seely Brown

- Overview of Working Paper Series (PDF)
John Hagel and John Seely Brown

- Break On Through to the Other Side: A Missing Link in Redefining the Enterprise (PDF)
John Hagel and John Seely Brown

- The Secret to Creating Value from Web Services Today: Start Simply (PDF)
John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Dennis Layton-Rodin

- Service Grids: The Missing Link in Web Services (PDF)
John Hagel and John Seely Brown

- Some Security Considerations for Service Grids (PDF)
Martin Milani and John Seely Brown

- Control versus Trust: Mastering a Different Management Approach (PDF)
John Hagel and John Seely Brown

- Orchestrating Business Processes - Harnessing the Value of Web Services Technology (PDF)
John Hagel and John Seely Brown

- Orchestrating Loosely Coupled Business Processes: The Secret to Successful Collaboration (PDF)
John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Scott Durchslag



- Work Experience
- Publications
- Academic Background
- Awards and Honors
- Affiliations
- Interviews

Work Experience

2007 - present
John is co-chairman for Deloitte LLP's Center for the Edge with nearly 30 years of experience as a management consultant, author, speaker and entrepreneur. He has served as senior vice president of strategy at Atari, Inc., and is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups. Author of "The Power of Pull," "Net Gain," "Net Worth," "Out of the Box" and "The Only Sustainable Edge," John holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, a B.Phil from Oxford University and a J.D. and MBA from Harvard University.

2001 - 2007
Independent management consultant and author

2000 - 2001
12 Entrepreneuring, Inc. - Chief Strategy Officer
San Francisco-based operating company focused on building businesses in the Web services technology arena.

Led a team responsible for:

  • Evaluating new investment opportunities
  • Providing strategic counsel to 12's Partner Companies
  • Synthesizing perspectives on the likely evolution of Web services technology and the implications for business value creation
Helped to launch and build two promising Web services providers, Grand Central and NorthStar.

1984 - 2000
McKinsey & Company - Principal
Global Leader of McKinsey's Strategy Practice and Electronic Commerce Practice (which I founded and led from 1993-2000).
Served a broad range of clients across the world, focusing on strategic management and operational performance improvement using information technology as a key enabler.

Atari, Inc. - Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning
Helped lead successful turnaround of Atari's Home Computer Division; helped to build profitable application software business

Sequoia Group, Inc
. - Founder and CEO

  • Founded and led systems house selling turnkey computer systems to physicians
  • Built start-up to $5 million in revenue, becoming the largest provider in its vertical market
  • Sold the company to MetPath, the largest clinical lab company in the U.S.

Boston Consulting Group
- Consultant
Served senior management of a broad range of large enterprises on business strategy issues



Books (see writing)

I have published articles in a broad range of business publications, including the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the McKinsey Quarterly and CIO Magazine.


Academic Background
MBA - Harvard Business School - 1978
JD - Harvard Law School - 1978
B.Phil. - Oxford University - 1974
BA - Wesleyan University - 1972


Awards and Honors

  • Accenture (2003) - Top 100 Business Gurus
  • Network World (2002) - 50 Most Powerful People in Networking
  • World Economic Forum (2000) - Forum Fellow
  • Business Week (1999) - Named one of the 25 most influential people in electronic business
  • Upside (1999) - Designated one of the Elite 100 Most Influential People in the Digital World
  • McKinsey Award - Best articles published in Harvard Business Review
    1999 - Unbundling the Corporation
    2001 - Your Next IT Strategy


World Economic Forum - Forum Fellow
Icosystem - Board of Advisors
Grand Central - Advisory Board
NorthStar - Advisory Board
Rearden Commerce - Advisory Board
International Academy of Management - Member
Harvard Business School Research Center - former Steering Committee member



In addition to the print interviews below, I have been interviewed on a variety of broadcast networks, including the BBC, NBC, CNBC and PBS.

"Offshoring's Next Wave" Consulting Magazine, September/October 2005

"Strategy at the Edge" Harvard Business School, June 16, 2005

"Can Your Firm Develop a Sustainable Edge?" Knowledge@Wharton, June 15, 2005.

"The Only Sustainable Edge" ], Technation (NPR interview with Moira Gunn), June 14, 2005.

"Outsourcing" Washington Post, June 2, 2005.

"A Broader View of Offshoring" Business Week, May 31, 2005

"Can We All Get Along?" Gelf Magazine, Magazine, May 10, 2005.

"Driving Innovation at the Edge of the Enterprise" ComputerWorld, May 9, 2005.

"IT Strategies" IT Conversations (audio interview with Doug Kaye), September 7, 2003

"Q&A with John Hagel: Understanding Productivity" Cisco Business Strategies, August 18, 2003

"Rebuttal to Nick Carr's 'Dangerous' Article" Gurus Online, July 2003

Conversation with John Hagel, CIO Magazine, February 1, 2003

"Out of the Box" Technation (NPR radio interview with Moira Gunn), January 21, 2003

Q&Awith John Hagel, III, Cisco Thought Leadership Newsletter, January 17, 2003

The Future of Web Services, Forbes.com, December 9, 2002

Web Services and the Development of Value Chains: Insights from John Hagel, Internet World, December 4, 2002

Using Web Services to Tame Technology, HBS Working Knowledge, December 2, 2002

Q&A: John Hagel on the Business Impact of Web Services, Computerworld, November 4, 2002

Can Web Services Help IT Emerge From Gloom and Doom?, Internet Week, October 22, 2002

"The Next IT Strategy: The Information Utility" Computerworld October 8, 2001

"Brand New Branding", Darwin Magazine, July 2001

"E-Business, Though Battered, Can Recapture Its Edge, Says John Hagel", ebizChronicle.com, March 28, 2001

"John Hagel - Defend or Attack", CIO Web Business Magazine, April 1, 1999

"John Hagel's Required Reading for Net Newbies and Giants Alike", Business Week, March 17, 1999

"Infomediation", Onewwworld.com, 1999

"It Takes a Village to Make a Mall", Wired, August 1997



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- The Big Shift (HBR)
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The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion
by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison


The Only Sustainable Edge: Why Business Strategy Depends on Productive Friction and Dynamic Specialization
by John Hagel III and John Seely Brown

Out of the Box: Strategies for Achieving Profits Today and Growth Tomorrow through Web Services
by John Hagel III

Net Worth: Shaping Markets When Customers Make the Rules
by John Hagel, III and Marc Singer
Net Gain: Expanding Markets through Virtual Communities
By John Hagel, III and Arthur G. Armstrong


ongoing research:
The 2009 Shift Index
The Big Shift Index: Uncovering the Emerging Logic of Deep Change

Cloud Computing working papers


The Next Wave of Open Innovation
April, 2009

Does the Experience Curve Matter Today?
April, 2009

Peer-to-Patent: A System for Increasing Transparency
March, 2009

How World of Warcraft Promotes Innovation
January, 2009

Harrah's New Twist on Prediction Markets
December, 2008

Innovation for Hard Times
November 2008

How SAP Seeds Innovation
July 2008

Student Activism Can Change the World
May 2008

Myelin Repair Foundation's Institutional Innovation

May 2008

Learning from Facebook
April 2008

Learning from Tata's Nano

February 2008

Catching the Innovation Wave

January 2008

Phoning from the Edge
January 2008

Embrace the Edge - or Perish
November 2007

Funding Invention vs. Managing Innovation

February 2006


- Creation Nets: Harnessing the Potential of Open Innovation (co-authored with John Seely Brown) April, 2006

- Connecting Globalization & Innovation: Some Contrarian Perspectives (Prepared for the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland January 25 30, 2006; co-authored with John Seely Brown)

- "The Benefits of a Long Distance Relationship" (co-authored with John Seely Brown), August 9, 2005

- "Feed R&D - Or Farm It Out?" (HBR Case Study with Commentary co-authored with John Seely Brown), July 2005

- "Productive Friction: How Difficult Business Partnerships Can Accelerate Innovation" (co-authored with John Seely Brown), February 2005

- "From Push to Pull: The Next Frontier of Innovation" (co-authored with John Seely Brown), 2005, No.3

- "Innovation Blowback: Disruptive Management Practices from Asia" (co-authored with John Seely Brown), 2005, No.1

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