George Westerman

Principal Research Scientist
MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy


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

  • Robotics Move Beyond Warehouses To Stores And The Last Mile

    George Westerman discusses how robots aren't a threat to retail jobs, but rather transforming the retail process.

  • Building Digital-Ready Culture in Traditional Organizations

    Getting your company into digital shape doesn’t mean dumping everything that has made it strong.

  • 5 Digital Insights from MIT Sloan Management Review

    Digital transformation is as much about mindset as it is about technology. Here’s how to seize opportunity while avoiding the ‘digital dark side.’

  • The First Law of Digital Innovation

    In this article George Westerman discusses why digital transformation is more of a leadership challenge than a technical one.

  • [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...

  • What is Digital Transformation? A Necessary Disruption

    Here’s what digital transformation really means — and how to tell whether your organization is on the right path.

  • Leading Digital Transformation

    George Westerman explains why effective leadership is a vital part of any company's digital transformation.

  • The CIO Adventure: Insights from the Leadership Award Finalists

    The MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award honors executives who lead their organizations to deliver exemplary levels of business value through innovative use of IT.

  • Video: Preparing for the Changes AI Will Bring to Tomorrow’s Jobs

    As technology fundamentally changes how companies operate, employees will need to hone new skills and build new relationships.


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