George Westerman

Research Scientist
MIT Center for Digital Business
MIT Sloan School of Management


George WestermanDr. Westerman’s research and teaching help senior executives to generate new value from technology. Key topics are technology leadership and digital innovation strategy. George currently leads the MIT CDB research portfolio on Digital Transformation, as well as other research projects. He also serves as faculty chair for the MIT Sloan course “Essential IT for Non-IT Executives.”

George’s work has won numerous awards. For example, “The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value” (coauthored with Richard Hunter) was named #1 Book of 2009 by CIO Insight magazine. “IT Risk: Turning Business Threats into Competitive Advantage” (also with Hunter) was one of CIO Insight’s Best Books of 2007. And “Digital Transformation: A Roadmap for Billion-Dollar Businesses” was named one of the top five thought leadership publications of the decade. He frequently contributes articles and blog posts to journals such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Organization Science.

Prior to earning a Doctorate from Harvard Business School in 2002, George gained more than thirteen years of experience in product development and technology management. He regularly speaks and conducts workshops for executive audiences around the world.

Faculty Media

  • How to Play Well with IT When You Just Don’t Understand IT

    Today’s business leaders no longer have the luxury of leaving IT to the IT department. To lead teams and leverage opportunities, it’s essential that executives cross the digital divide and embrace...

  • How ‘Digital Masters’ Drive Transformation from the Top Down

    George Westerman is a principal research ccientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy, co-author the book “Leading Digital,” and the Digital C-Suite Academic Advisor for the CIO...

  • What Drives Digital Transformation: Technology or Strategy?

    A recent study by MIT Sloan and Deloitte discovered that it may not be technology, but rather strategy, that helps create digitally transformed companies.

  • A Digital Master Class

    As social media, mobile communications, data analytics and other digital technologies broaden and deepen their grip on our lives and our work, some large firms have achieved dramatic successes in...

  • How to Use Emerging Digital Technologies to Transform Your Operations

    I spoke to George Westerman, who is a Principal Research Scientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy. His research and teaching focus on digital technology leadership and...

  • Digital Transformation = Cultural Transformation

    “Every company needs to figure out how to develop their own digital maturity,” said George Westerman, research scientist at the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy.

  • The New World of Work

    Advanced digital technologies are swiftly changing the kinds of skills that jobs require.

  • George Westerman on Executive Education

    Westerman explains how companies and their IT teams can work together more effectively and seamlessly.

  • Watch: Transforming the IT Function through Increased Transparency

    George Westerman, Research Scientist at MIT Sloan Center for Digital Business, discusses Transforming the IT Function through Increased Transparency.

  • Digital Masters Excel in Technology and Also Leadership

    Westerman talks about the need for companies to focus more on the customer while seeing newer technologies like social, mobility, cloud


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