Thomas Malone is a renowned visionary on organisational theory with a focus on how new organisations can be designed to take advantage of the possibilities provided by information technology. For example, Professor Malone predicted, in an article published in 1987, a large number of of the major developments in electronic business over the last decade: electronic buying and selling, electronic markets for a large number of kinds of products, "outsourcing" of non-core functions in a firm, and the use of intelligent agents for commerce. [+]