Margaret B.W. Graham is associate professor of strategy and organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University. She holds MBA and PhD degrees from Harvard University. Her academic career at Harvard Business School, Boston University, and McGill has been divided between the history and practice of technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship. Her scholarly work is based on in-depth archival study, multi-year fieldwork, and long-term interaction with technology-based companies. Most recently she has published on Intellectual Property and the Professionals and the Political Economy of Corporate Research. As a member of the senior staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in the 1990s she helped manage an advanced research organization focused on inventing the “office of the future”. She is a founding director of The Winthrop Group, Inc. a group of business historians and archivists that assists corporations, foundations, and other organizations to preserve and make use of their experience. Since 1990 she has served as an independent trustee and Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee for Pioneer Investments, based in Boston, Massachusetts and owned by the UniCredit Bank of Italy. In 2016 she was president of the Business History Conference meeting in Portland, OR.
The Social Cost of Transactional Thinking: Less Beneficial Technology
Law and innovation are usually framed in technological terms. Discussions focus on the means to incentivize technological development and regulate the use of new technologies. The assumption is that technological change is consubstantial with societal progress. As a result, lawyers and policy makers focus their efforts and critiques on whether or not law effectively supports […]