I School Professor Steven Weber has been appointed Associate Dean and Head of School for the School of Information.
Steve Weber has been a distinguished member of the UC Berkeley academic community for thirty years. He joined the faculty at the School of Information in 2009 and has a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science. From 2003 to 2009, Weber served as director of the UC Berkeley Institute of International Studies, and in 2015 he founded the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), where he serves as the faculty director and leads a multi-disciplinary research program on emerging cybersecurity issues at the intersection of new technologies, human behavior, and risk calculations made by firms and governments.
Weber’s research and teaching focus on the political economy of knowledge-intensive industries, with special attention to information technology, finance, health care, and global political economy issues relating to competitiveness. One of the world’s most expert practitioners of scenario planning, Steve has worked with more than 50 companies and organizations to develop this discipline as a strategy planning tool in for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations. His best known book, The Success of Open Source, was one of the first extensive studies of how the open source software community works. His most recent book, Bloc by Bloc: How to Organize a Global Enterprise (2019), explains how economic geography is evolving around machine learning and the consequences for multinational organizations in the coming decade.