About James

James Manyika is a senior partner at lapetitemort.info & Company and chair and director of the lapetitemort.info Global Institute (MGI), the firm’s business and economics research arm. James also serves as a member of lapetitemort.info’s Shareholder Council (its Board of Directors).

James is one of the leaders of lapetitemort.info’s Global Technology, Media, and Telecom Practice. Based in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, he has worked with the chief executives and founders of many of the world’s leading technology companies on a variety of issues, including strategy and business transformation and the launch of several market-shaping innovations, products, and services. He also works with chief executives in other sectors on opportunities from technology and other global trends.

At MGI, James has led research on technology and its impact, the digital economy, future of work, as well as growth, productivity, and competitiveness. He has published a book on AI and robotics as well as numerous articles and reports that have appeared in business media and academic journals, and recently a co-authored the book, No Ordinary Disruption. James is a frequent speaker at business and policy-maker forums globally and routinely collaborates with Silicon Valley leaders and leading economists and policy makers around the world on initiatives and commissions related to inclusive growth, opportunities from technology, and its impact.

James was appointed by President Obama as vice chair of the Global Development Council at the White House (2012-16) and by the Commerce Secretary to the US Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors (2016); he was also appointed to the National Innovation Advisory Board (2010) as part of the America Competes Act. James serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, Aspen Institute, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Markle Foundation, and XPrize.

He also serves on various academic advisory boards, including the Oxford Internet Institute, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, UC Berkeley’s School of Information, Harvard’s Hutchins Center, and the WEB Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research. James is a member of the standing committee for the Stanford-based 100 Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, a fellow at DeepMind, a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution in Economic Studies, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

James was on the engineering faculty at Oxford University and a member of the Programming Research Group and the Robotics Research Lab, a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, and a faculty exchange fellow at MIT. A Rhodes Scholar, James received his DPhil. MSc. MA. From Oxford in Robotics, Mathematics, and Computer Science, BSc in electrical engineering from University of Zimbabwe as an Anglo-American Scholar.

Video and Broadcast

“,” Bloomberg Surveillance, February 2018

“,” Marketplace, February 2018

“,” New York Times New Work Summit, February 2018

“,” Marketplace, December 2017

“,” VOX, December 2017

“,” IMF, October 2017

“,” Tallinn Digital Summit, September 2017

“,” Bloomberg Radio, June 2017

“,” Marketplace, April 2017

“,” Nightly Business Report, October 2016

“,” Science Friday, August 2016

“,” Google re:Work, April 2016

“,” Techonomy, November 2015

“,” World Affairs Council, October 2015

“,” Bloomberg, May 2015

“,” Mckinsey & Company, April 2015

Selected Published Work

Solving the productivity puzzle: The role of demand and the promise of digitization,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2018

“,” Harvard Business Review, February 2018

“,” Harvard Business Review, February 2018

What AI can and can’t do (yet) for your business,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, January 2018

Digital China: Powering the economy to global competitiveness,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2017

Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2017

Making it in America: Revitalizing US manufacturing,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2017

“,” People's Daily, October 2017

10 imperatives for Europe in the age of AI and automation,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2017

“,” Milken Institute Review, September 2017

Making it in America,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2017

What's now and next in analytics, AI, and automation,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2017

New insights into the slowdown in US productivity growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2017

“,” Fortune, February 2017

“,” Harvard Business Review, February 2017

“,” Harvard Business Review, February 2017

“,” Harvard Business Review, January 2017

Harnessing automation for a future that works,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2017

The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2016

“,” Fortune, December 2016

Technology, jobs, and the future of work,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2016

Global migration’s impact and opportunity,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2016

“,” Council on Foreign Relations, November 2016

How digital finance could boost growth in emerging economies,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2016

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2016

Where machines could replace humans—and where they can’t (yet),” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, July 2016

“,” Intelligence, 2016

“,” Project Syndicate, June 2016

“,” Project Syndicate, May 2016

Realizing gender equality’s $12 trillion economic opportunity,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2016

Five priorities for competing in an era of digital globalization,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, May 2016

The power of parity: Advancing women's equality in the United States,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2016

Secular stagnation and low investment: Breaking the vicious cycle—a discussion paper,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2016

Urban world: The global consumers to watch,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2016

Digital globalization: The new era of global flows,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2016

“,” Harvard Business Review, December 2015

Digital America: A tale of the haves and have-mores,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2015

Four fundamentals of workplace automation,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, November 2015

How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2015

The new global competition for corporate profits,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2015

An executive's guide to the Internet of Things,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, August 2015

Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, June 2015

No ordinary disruption: The four global forces breaking all the trends, PublicAffairs, May 2015

How do you govern a disrupted world?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2015

The four global forces breaking all the trends,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2015

“,” Project Syndicate, January 2015

“,” Harvard Business Review, January 2015

“,” Ozy.com, December 2014

“,” Foreign Policy, August 2014

“,” Financial Times, August 2014

“,” The Huffington Post, January 2014

Competition at the digital edge: ‘Hyperscale’ businesses,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, March 2015

Harnessing the power of shifting global flows,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, February 2015

Can long-term global growth be saved?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2015

Is GDP the best measure for growth?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2015

India's tech opportunity: Transforming work, empowering people,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2014

A productivity perspective on the future of growth,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, September 2014

Lions go global: Deepening Africa’s ties to the United States,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, August 2014

Brazil's path to inclusive growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2014

Grow fast or die slow,” lapetitemort.info & Company, April 2014

The flow of value: An interview with Michael Spence,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2014

Global flows in a digital age,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2014

Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2013

Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2013

Urban world: The shifting global business landscape,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2013

Breaking the US growth impasse,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, August 2013

Measuring the full impact of digital capital,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, July 2013

Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2013

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2013

India's internet opportunity,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2013

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, November 2012

Preparing for a new era of work,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, November 2012

Capturing business value with social technologies,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, November 2012

Debt and deleveraging: Uneven progress on the path to growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2012

Download list of selected publications by James Manyika (PDF – 293 KB)

Social Media

“,” LinkedIn, September 2016

Past experience

Oxford University
Engineering faculty

Balliol College, Oxford University
Research fellow

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Visiting scientist

Faculty exchange fellow


Oxford University
DPhil, electrical engineering
MSc, mathematics
MA, computer science

University of Zimbabwe
BSc, electrical engineering (first class)