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

  • MIT Sloan CIO Symposium: Customer Experience is Critical in the Digital Economy

    Weill began the morning session by introducing a recent survey of 144 senior executives, in which all were asked, “What is the biggest, most important breakthrough project you are doing to change...

  • MIT CIO: Cooperation vs. Competition in the Digital Ecosystem

    "Digital ecosystem" was the catchphrase at this year's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. To vie as competitors, companies need to play by a new directive: Share or be left out.

  • Becoming Better Prepared for Digital Disruption

    Corporations are digitizing rapidly, breaking down industry barriers and creating new opportunities, while also disrupting long successful business models.

  • Increased Customer Intimacy and Digital Ecosystems

    What percentage of your company’s revenues are under threat from digital disruption over the next 5 years? (Hint: for large firms it’s 53%. For all firms it’s 33%.)

  • Digital Disruption: How to Make Money from It Explained by Tech Guru Peter Weill

    Think ecosystems, not value chains, says a global technology guru.

  • 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,...


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