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Laurence Prusak

Lecturer; Director of Research of Knowledge Strategies, LLC; former Executive Director of IBM Institute for Knowledge Management

Dr. Prusak is a Lecturer for the Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy master's program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. He also is Director of Research of Knowledge Strategies, LLC, which is engaged in research and consulting services with a focus on knowledge and learning.

Dr. Prusak has been researching, consulting, and teaching on the subjects of knowledge and learning for the past twenty-five years. Previously, he was founder and Executive Director of IBM Institute for Knowledge Management, Principal and Research Director of the Ernst and Young Center for Business Innovation, and Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Co., NASA, and the World Bank.

He has guest lectured and taught in over 30 Universities worldwide and has written and edited eight books and over fifty articles. He has also given over 200 speeches and presentations. His book Working Knowledge, written with Thomas Davenport, has sold over a quarter of million copies and has been translated into 17 languages. It has been cited in the scholarly literature over 24,000 times. In addition, he has consulted to many of the world’s largest organizations as well as advising several government agencies and NGOs.


Honorary Ph.D., Information Science, Long Island University

Honorary Ph.D., Information Science, Simmons College

M.S., Information Science, Simmons College.

M.A., History of Ideas, New York University

A.B.D., History of Ideas, New York University

B.A., History, Long Island University


  • Managing Information Strategically with James McGee (John Wiley)
  • Information Ecology with Thomas Davenport (Oxford University Press)
  • Working Knowledge with Thomas Davenport (Harvard Business School Press)
  • In Good Company with Donald Cohen (Harvard Business School Press)
  • What’s the Big Idea with Thomas Davenport (Harvard Business School Press)