Paul Duguid, Adjunct Professor, School of Information
email:duguid at

I am an adjunct full professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley and an honorary fellow of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development at Lancaster University School of Management.

In the summer of 2014, I was Professeur des Université Invité at the University of Lille 1 in France. From 2005-2012 I was professorial research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. From 2005-2006 I was a visiting fellow at the Center for Science, Technology, Society at Santa Clara University. From 2002 to 2005, I was part-time visiting professor at Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organisational and Industrial Sociology; and in Spring, 2003, maître de recherche at the École Polytechnique in Paris. From 1989 to 2001 I was affiliated to the Office of Central Management at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center; prior to that, a member of the Institute for Research on Learning.

At Berkeley, I co-teach "Concepts of Information" (info 218) and "History of Information" (Info 103) with Geoffrey Nunberg.

In fall 2014, I taught the seminar "Society, Network, and Social Networks."

My current research interests include the history and development of trademarks and the history of the concept of information.

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Forthcoming and recent publications:
[AD = "author's draft"]

Trademark history

An Anniversary to Mark: The Who, What, When, and Why of California's Trademark Registration Law of 1863. Working Paper. Working Paper. Available through SSRN.

Information in the Mark and Marketplace: A Multivocal Account, Enterprise and Society, 2014 15(1): 1-30.

California Marking & Collective Amnesia, University of California Davis Law Review 2013 47(2): 581-600

A Case of Prejudice? The Uncertain Development of Collective and Certification Marks, Business History Review, 2012 86(2):311-333 AD

French Connections: The Propagation of Trade Marks in the Nineteenth Century, Enterprise and Society, 2009 10(1) 3-37 [winner of the Mira Wilkins prize]

Reading Registrations: An Overview of 100 Years of Trade Mark Registrations in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with T. Silva Lopes and J. Mercer. In T. Silva Lopes and P. Duguid, eds., Trademarks, Brands, and Competitiveness, London: Routledge, 2010

review of Zorina Khan, The Democratization of Invention: Patents and Copyrights in American Economic Development, 1790-1920. Business History 2006 48(4): 601-604 AD

Concepts of Information

The Ageing of Information: An 18th Century Progress from Particular to Particulate.   In Press.  Journal of the History of Ideas

Information in the Mark and Marketplace: A Multivocal Account, Enterprise and Society, 2014 15(1): 1-30.

Communities of practice and organizational learning

The Community of Practice Then and Now. In Ash Amin and Joanne Roberts, eds., Organizing for the Creative Economy: Community, Practice, and Capitalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008

"What Talking Tells Us," Organization Studies, 2006 27(12): 1794-1804. AD

Open source cultural projects

Search before grep: A Progress from Open to Closed? in Konrad Becker & Felix Stalder, eds., Deep Search Vienna: Studienverlag, 2009 AD

Inheritance or Loss: A Brief Survey of Google Books. First Monday, 2007 12(8)

Limits of Self-Organization: Peer Production and the 'Laws of Quality'. First Monday, 2006: 11(10)

After Entropy, Review of Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody. TLS May, 2008

Departure Points. Review of Andrew Keen, The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture. TLS September 12, 2007

Netizens Awake, review of Yochai Benkler, Wealth of Networks. TLS July 7, 2006

"PG Tips" [a critique of Project Gutenberg and ideas of the Web as a universal library] Times Literary Supplement [TLS] June 11, 2004

Commercial & diplomatic history

De Londres à Porto: Une Description du Marché du Vin au XVIIème Siècle. Forthcoming. Gérer et Comprendre

"The Making of Methuen: The Commercial Treaty in the English Imagination." História: Revista da Faculdade de Letras (Universidade do Porto) [Portugal], 2003 3(4): 9-36 AD

Supply chains

Brands in Chains. In T. Silva Lopes and P. Duguid, eds., Trademarks, Brands, and Competitiveness. London: Routledge, 2010

"Brands and Supply Chains: Governance before and after Chandler." In H. Dumez, ed., Gouverner les Organizations. L'Harmattan: Paris, 2004 AD

"Networks and Knowledge: The Beginning and End of the Port Commodity Chain, 1703-1860," Business History Review, 2005 79(3): 453-466 AD

Knowledge and economics

"Awards as Norms," response to Bruno Frey, "Awards as Compensation." European Management Review, 2007 4: 15-1

"Untidy or Untractable? G.B. Richardson's View of Economics." Aegis le Libello, 2005: 2-6 AD

"'The Art of Knowing': Social and Tacit Dimensions of Knowledge and the Limits of the Community of Practice," Information Society, 2005 21(2): 109-118. AD


Do You Love Books? Review of Thompson, Merchants of Culture. Horowitz, Publishing as a Vocation, and Bonnet, Phantoms on the Bookshelves. TLS Feb 22, 2011.

Privacy Degree Zero. Review of Daniel Solove, Understanding Privacy,. The Nation March 18, 2010

Netting Out. Review of Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture. TLS November 10, 2006