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 formerly Professorial Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London.   Intermittently, I have held visiting positions at the University of Lille, the École Polytechnique in Paris, and Copenhagen Business School, and honorary positions at the universities of York and Lancaster in the U.K. 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 2015, I will be teaching the Doctoral Colloquium and the TA Practicum, as well as acting as "instructor of record" for the seminar "Re-imagining the Body."

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

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

The Ageing of Information. Journal of the History of Ideas, 2015 76(3): 347-368

De Londres à Porto: Une Description du Marché du Vin au XVIIIème Siècle." Gerer et Comprendre--special issue "Décrire les marchés, un impératif scientifique" 2015 119: 13-21 English version

Making Sense of Economics. Invited Presentation. What's Wrong with the Economy--and with Economics? New York Review of Books New York, March 14-15, 2015

Trademark history

An Anniversary to Mark: The Who, What, When, and Why of California's Trademark Registration Law of 1863. 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. Journal of the History of Ideas, 2015 76(3): 347-368

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

Learning and Communities of practice

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
Organizational Learning: Towards a Unified View of Working, Learning, and Innovation, with J.S. Brown. Organization Science 1991 2(1): 40-57
Stolen Knowledge, with John Seely Brown. Educational Technology 33(3): 10-15, 1993
Situated Cognition and the Culture of Learning, with J.S. Brown and A. Collins. Education Researcher, 18 [1]: 32-42 1989

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

Media and materiality

Material Matters: The Past and the Futurology of the Book. In The Future of the Book, G. Nunberg, ed. Brussels, Belgium: Brepols, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996: 63-102

Borderline Issues, with J.S. Brown. Human-Computer Interaction, 9 (1)(1994): 3-36, invited paper for special issue on "context in design" with 25 commentaries by scholars and critics

Patrolling the Border: A reply to our critics, with J.S. Brown. Human-Computer Interaction 1994 9(1): 137-149

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