George Westerman

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


George Westerman

George Westerman‘s award-winning research, writing and speaking show senior executives how to drive competitive advantage through technology.  As a Principal Research Scientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy, he leads research programs on digital transformation, innovation, and IT leadership.  He regularly conducts keynote presentations, senior executive workshops, and board presentations  around the globe.

George’s books have received wide acclaim.

  • Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation was named one of the top ten books of 2014 by Business Digest and silver medalist in the 2015 Axiom Business Book Awards.
  • The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value was named the #1 book of the year in its field,
  • IT Risk: Turning Business Threats into Competitive Advantage was recognized as one of the ten best books of the year.

George has also written numerous contributions for publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Technology Business Management Council and Co-Chairman of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards.  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 roles.

Faculty Media

  • Watch: IT Is From Venus, Non-IT Is From Mars

    In this webinar, George Westerman, MIT Sloan senior research scientist and author of the recent Wall Street Journal article, "IT Is From Venus, Non-IT Is From Mars," demonstrates how transparency...

  • Are You a Digital or Analog Leader?

    As digital technology reaches into every corner of the business world, the rules are changing. Digital has reshaped the expectations of customers and changed the way teams collaborate. Digital...

  • 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.


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