Professor (I School and Dept. of Political Science)
Focus: International relations, international business, and the information economy.
Employment effects of Information Technology and Data
Global Economic Geography in the aftermath of the 2009 Financial Crisis
Steven Weber works at the intersection of technology markets, intellectual property regimes, and international politics. His research, teaching, and advisory work focus on the political economy of knowledge intensive industries, with special attention to health care, information technology, software, and global political economy issues relating to competitiveness. He is also a frequent contributor to scholarly and public debates on international relations and US foreign policy. One of the world’s most expert practitioners of scenario planning,Weber has worked with over a hundred companies and government organizations to develop this discipline as a strategy planning tool.
Steve went to medical school at Stanford then did his Ph.D. in the political science department also at Stanford. He served as special consultant to the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and has held academic fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and was Director of the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley from 2003 to 2009.
His books include The Success of Open Source and most recently The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas (with Bruce Jentleson) and Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century (with Jesse Goldhammer and Nils Gilman). He is currently working on a new book, Beyond the Globally Integrated Enterprise, that explains how economic geography is evolving and the consequences for multinational organizations in the post financial crisis world.
What brought you to the I School?
I came to the I School because of my substantive interests in political economy of information-intensive production, but also because I am learning to build prototypes and experiments as a way to evaluate and test theory in the fast-evolving space that interests us.
What information issues interest you most?
You've been on the Berkeley faculty (in the department of political science) since 1989; how have your academic interests evolved during that time?
A Web site you recommend?
Something few people know about you?
What keeps you up at night?
How to Reach Me
Office: 203B South Hall
Telephone: (510) 643-3755