Peter Weill

Chairman, Center for Information Systems Research
(CISR) & MIT Sloan Senior Research Scientist
MIT Sloan School of Management


Peter Weill Peter Weill's work centers on the role, value and governance of IT in enterprises. He joined the Sloan faculty in 2000 to become director of MIT Sloan’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). MIT CISR is funded by seventy-five corporate sponsors and patrons, and undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from IT. Weill is now Chairman of MIT CISR and focused on globalizing MIT CISR research and delivery.

In 2008 Ziff-Davis recognized Weill as # 24 of “Top 100 Most Influential People in IT”. Weill has written award-winning books, journal articles, and case studies. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review and the Wall Street Journal.

Weill has coauthored “best-selling” books published by Harvard Business School Press entitled: “Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution” (2006), “IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results” (2004), and “Leveraging the New Infrastructure: How Market Leaders Capitalize on Information Technology” (1998). Peter’s coauthored book “Place to Space: Migrating to eBusiness Models”, (2001) won one of the Library Journal of America’s best business book of the year awards and was reviewed by the New York Times.

Weill's new book with Jeanne Ross is “IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to go from Pain to Gain” was published by HBS Press in 2009. Weill presents executive and MBA programs on the business value of IT and in 2007 he received a MIT Sloan “Outstanding Teacher” award.

Weill regularly works with corporations and governments in IT issues including: Aetna, ANZ, BCG, BT, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, IBM, McKinsey, Microsoft, Origin Energy, PwC, Raytheon, State Street Corporation, TCS, Unibanco, Woolworths and World Bank. In 2009 and 2010 Weill conducted workshops at Microsoft and Bill Gate’s CEO Summit.

Faculty Media

  • Should You Trust Your CEO With Cloud Computing Decisions?

    Could the long-awaited tech “singularity” finally be upon us? That is, business leaders understand technology requirements, and technology executives are helping to lead the business?

  • How is Digitization Affecting Your Business?

    A short questionnaire from researchers at MIT Sloan's Center for Information Systems Research helps executives assess their companies' vulnerability to digitization.

  • C-level Relationships, Engagement Key to CIO Success

    CIOs spend 40% of their time engaged with the CEO, CMO, COO and other non-IT peers, according to MIT research. C-level execs explain why that time is so important.

  • Digital Disruption Boosts Board Acclaim for the CIO Role

    Board members who subscribe to the idea that 'every business is a technology business' put a spotlight on the CIO role.

  • Is Reuse Part of Your Digital Strategy?

    According to Weill and his colleagues, "Firms achieving above average level of digital reuse have higher revenue growth and margins, allocate more IT budget to growth and innovation investments,...

  • MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2015: Dealing with Disruption

    Board members estimate that 32 percent of their companies' revenues are under threat from digital disruption in next 5 years. This was one of the findings from a November 2014 MIT CISR study that...

  • Digital Disruption in the Financial Services Industry

    Peter Weill describes the forms of digital disruption that are impacting the financial services industry during the panel presentation “Remaining Competitive – Disruptive Business Models for...

  • CIO Upfront: The Digital Enterprise, Coming to a Competitor Near You

    Talking to CIOs at workshops before the conference, Dr. Peter Weill of MIT Sloan School of Management, laid out the results of his research with Dr. Stephanie Woerner, to help CIOs see what is...

  • Revisiting Complexity in the Digital Age

    As businesses grow and diversify, they almost inevitably make their range of offerings more complex. Complexity brings costs but smart use of todays digital technologies can help companies finesse...

  • How the Digital Marketplace is Redefining Customer Relationships

    From an organization's perspective, this makes complete sense. There's a division for phone service, a division for Internet service, and a division for television. Specialists and technicians...


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