George Westerman

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


George Westerman

George Westerman is a Principal Research Scientist with the MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy. His research and teaching focus on digital technology leadership and innovation. He serves as a Board member for the Technology Business Management Council, Co-Chair of the annual MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards, and faculty director for the MIT Sloan course Essential IT for the Non-IT Executive.

George has contributed to publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.  He is co-author of three award-winning books. The most recent, Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation was named a top ten book of 2014 by Business Digest and silver medalist in the 2015 Axiom Business Book Awards. The prior book, The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value was named the #1 book of the year in its field. His research and writing have won numerous other awards.

Prior to joining the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2002, George earned a doctorate from Harvard Business School, and gained more than thirteen years of experience in product development and technology management roles. He regularly conducts keynote presentations and senior executive workshops with companies around the world. 

Faculty Media

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Books by MIT Sloan Executive Education Faculty

    MIT Sloan's world-renowned faculty are experts in a vast number of subjects. Catch up on their latest research and breakthrough concepts in these books, authored or edited by the faculty themselves.

  • [Innovation@Work Webinar] 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...

  • Falling Into the Tech Skills Gap? Try a New Recruiting Tack

    Organizations forging into the digital future often come up short in a search for talent. But there are novel ways to close the tech skills gap, say execs at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

  • The Psychology of Business Transformation: Critical Research Reveals What SMEs are Really Interested In

    While many businesses focus on technical aspects of changing their business, such as installing new systems, signing up to cloud software and shifting the function of IT within the business itself,...

  • What Is Driving the Digital Economy?

    Technologies by themselves are not playing the biggest role in supporting and growing the digital economy: New business models are playing the greatest role.

  • 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...


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IT is From Venus, Non-IT is From Mars: Bridging the IT and Business Leader Divide to Improve the Business Value of IT
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