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

  • Lessons In Transformation From The Digital Masters

    George Westerman and Andrew McAfee, studied more than 500 large companies in traditional industries, looking for organizations that have seamlessly integrated digital technologies such as...

  • Ten Ways To Become A Digital Master Without Ever Setting Foot In Silicon Valley

    By now, you’ve probably read or heard all the same stories over and over and over again — how the Googles, Facebooks, eBays and Amazons of the world, or funky startups with funky names working...

  • 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 Sloan researcher George...

  • IT Should Embrace Performance Measures

    Performance grades are a strange thing. We get graded regularly from the time we enter kindergarten until we earn our college and graduate school degrees. Yet once we enter the workforce, grading...

  • Fixing the Divide Between IT and Business Executives

    IT executives and business leaders are forced into a corporate marriage and it can sometimes feel like IT is from Venus and business is from Mars. This type of relationship can be painful for those...

  • Ending the Reign of the C-I-No

    To change the dialogue, IT and business leaders need to understand the four key value areas that bring transparency into the relationship. As MIT Sloan's George Westerman describes in his book, IT...

  • Should Your CIO Be Chief Digital Officer?

    We've all seen it. CIOs who do great things in leading IT soon gain extra responsibilities. By helping business leaders to improve their businesses, the CIO becomes an obvious candidate to fill any...

  • How to Have the IT Risk Conversation

    "I run a course at MIT Sloan called Essential IT for Non-IT Executives. Every time my colleagues and I come to the end of the course, we ask people what they considered the most important thing...

  • Why Digital Maturity Matters

    For all of the talk about how social media, mobile and analytics are transforming our lives, the majority of big companies still have a long way to go in their digital transformation. However, two...

  • The Advantages of Digital Maturity

    New digital technologies like social media, mobile and analytics are advancing rapidly on the economic landscape. These innovations are used widely by consumers and employees alike. Facebook alone...


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Essential IT for Non-IT Executives Apr 9-10, 2015 | Nov 17-18, 2015