School of Information Studies (iSchool) faculty member Lee McKnight has invited Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein to the iSchool to speak on his new Princeton University Press book, How the Internet Became Commercial. Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network.

Greenstein is Professor of Business Administration and co-chair of the Harvard Business School’s Digital Initiative. He teaches in the Business School’s Technology, Operations and Management Unit. He is also co-director of the program on the economics of digitization at The National Bureau of Economic Research.

His book, How the Internet Became Commercial, traces the evolution of the Internet from government ownership to privatization to the commercial Internet we know today. He describes how many of the key innovations that made this possible came from entrepreneurs and iconoclasts who were outside the mainstream – and how the commercialization of the Internet was by no means a foregone conclusion at its outset.

An economist by training, Greenstein’s research spans boundaries which extend to issues of strategy, regulation, history, marketing, information systems, and organization design.

In addition to speaking in McKnight’s Cloud Computing and Telecommunications Regulation classes, Greenstein will hold a talk on Monday, February 15, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM in the Katzer Room (347) in Hinds Hall.

The talk is open to the campus community and to the public – all are welcome to attend.