Don Tapscott (born 1947) is a Canadian business executive, author, consultant and speaker based in Toronto, Ontario, specializing in business strategy, organizational transformation and the role of technology in business and society. Tapscott is chairman of business strategy think tank New Paradigm (now nGenera Insight), which he founded in 1993. Tapscott is also Adjunct Professor of Management at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Strategic Management Faculty
Tapscott holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Statistics, and an M.Ed. specializing in Research Methodology. He also holds three honorary Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) granted by the University of Alberta in 2001, Trent University in 2006, and McMaster University in 2010. Web leader receives honorary degree - ExpressNews - University of Alberta While earning his Master's of Education at the University of Alberta, he ran for mayor of Edmonton in the 1977 municipal election.
Tapscott has authored or co-authored thirteen books on the application of technology in business and society. His fourteenth book Rebooting Business and the World, co-authored by Anthony D. Williams is due to be released in September 2010. Macrowikinomics is the follow up to Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006) also co-authored by Anthony D. Williams. Wikinomics was an international bestseller, #1 on the 2007 management book charts, and was translated into 20 languages. His most recent book, released in 2008 and entitled "Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World," draws upon a 4.5 million dollar research study of over 11,000 young people and examines how the net generation is changing the world and all of its institutions. "Grown Up Digital" is a follow-up to his popular 1997 book "Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation" which explained the business and social impact of the first generation to come of age in the digital world.
His 2003 book The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business, co-authored with David Ticoll, describes how corporate transparency, accountability, and stakeholder relationships are the new frontier for competitive innovation. His 2000 release Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs describes how business webs are replacing the traditional model of the firm and changing the dynamics of wealth creation and competition. Digital Economy: Promise and Peril In The Age of Networked Intelligence, published in 1995, was one of the first books to describe how the Internet would change business and society. Tapscott is also known for his 1992 book Paradigm Shift: The New Promise of Information Technology.