George Westerman


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

 

Dr. 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

  • Improving Capabilities Through Industry Peer Networks

    In a world of increasing globalization, companies of all sizes need to stay attuned to new developments and currents of innovation beyond their core markets. Now more than ever, managers need to be...


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  • How the 'Matthew Effect' helps some scientific papers gain popularity

    A new study co-authored by an MIT economist reports that high-status authorship does increase how frequently papers are cited in the life sciencesbut finds some subtle twists in how this happens....


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  • Made in the US: Manufacturing moving onshore

    THE HEALTH of the US manufacturing sector has been at the top of the news agenda for some time. Factory closures are highly publicized; businesses that move their production overseas are publicly...


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  • Why Raising Retail Pay Is Good for the Gap

    Gap announced last week that it would increase its hourly minimum wage to $9 this year and $10 next year. Naturally, President Obama applauded the decision, which was in line with his own push to...


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  • The Counterintuitive Truth: How Retailers Can Invest in Labor to Lower Costs and Improve Profits

    Every once in a while you come across a simple idea that really forces you to stop and thinkand then it makes you stop again and think some more. For me that happened just the other day when I...


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  • Why raising retail pay is good for the Gap

    Gap announced last week that it would increase its hourly minimum wage to $9 this year and $10 next year. Naturally, President Obama applauded the decision, which was in line with his own push to...


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  • The Good Jobs Strategy: Zeynep Ton at TEDxCambridge 2013

    MIT Sloan School of Management Professor Zeynep Ton draws on a decade of research to challenge whether there really is a tradeoff between offering low prices and paying low wages. Learn more about...


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  • Syncing IT with executive vision

    Many companies struggle to optimize their information technology (IT) functions, and few understand how best to use IT to transform their companies. This is where MIT researcher George Westerman...


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  • Useful Doesn't Always Mean Used: Understanding the Dynamics of Learning and Capability

    Complimentary Live Webinar with Nelson Repenning Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST) Register now at link Managers are faced with an increasing array of tools, technologies, and...


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  • Collaborating for Systemic Change

    Meeting the sustainability challenge will require the kind of cross-sector collaboration for which there is still no real precedent. It must be co-created by various stakeholders by interweaving...


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