Peter Weill

Senior Research Scientist;
Chairman, Center for Information Systems Research (CISR)


Peter Weill

Peter Weill is a Senior Research Scientist and Chair of the Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

His work centers on the role, value, and governance of digitization in enterprises. Weill joined the MIT Sloan faculty in 2000 to become director of MIT Sloan’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). MIT CISR is funded by 80 corporate sponsors and patrons, and undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from information technology (IT). As chair, Weill focuses on globalizing the center’s research and delivery. In 2008, Ziff Davis recognized Weill as #24 of The Top 100 Most Influential People in IT, the highest-ranked academic.

His award-winning books, journal articles, and case studies have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, the Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. Weill has co-authored best-selling books published by Harvard Business School Press, including IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain (2009), Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution (2006), IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results (2004), and Leveraging the New Infrastructure: How Market Leaders Capitalize on Information Technology (1998). His co-authored book, Place to Space: Migrating to eBusiness Models (2001), was named by Library Journal as one of the best business books of the year, and was reviewed by The New York Times. Weill presents executive and MBA programs on the business value of IT, and in 2007 received an MIT Sloan Outstanding Teacher Award.

Weill works regularly on IT issues with corporations and governments, including Aetna, ANZ, BCG, BT, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, France Telecom, IBM, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Origin Energy, PwC, Raytheon, State Street Corporation, TCS, Unibanco, Woolworths, and the World Bank. He has conducted workshops at Microsoft and at the Bill Gates CEO Summit; at the SAP CEO Summit; and for the boards of directors of Banco do Brasil, CBA, Unibanco, and Woolworths.

Weill holds a BE from Melbourne University as well as an MBA, an MPhil, and a PhD in management information systems from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Faculty Media

  • Four Pathways To ‘Future Ready’ That Pay Off

    Transformation is not easy but the companies who have reached “Future Ready” have significantly higher financial performance. Know about the different pathways companies take in their attempt to...

  • Is Your Organization Ready to Become an Ecosystem Driver?

    Amazon is a good example of the importance of learning how to thrive in a digital ecosystem.

  • MIT Sloan CIO Symposium: Customer Experience is Critical in the Digital Economy

    Weill began the morning session by introducing a recent survey of 144 senior executives, in which all were asked, “What is the biggest, most important breakthrough project you are doing to change...

  • 2017 MIT CIO Symposium in Photos

    Sessions at the event explored everything from machine learning and internet of things (IoT) to business leadership and talent management -- and the SearchCIO team was there to cover it all.

  • MIT CIO: Cooperation vs. Competition in the Digital Ecosystem

    "Digital ecosystem" was the catchphrase at this year's MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. To vie as competitors, companies need to play by a new directive: Share or be left out.

  • Becoming Better Prepared for Digital Disruption

    Corporations are digitizing rapidly, breaking down industry barriers and creating new opportunities, while also disrupting long successful business models.

  • Increased Customer Intimacy and Digital Ecosystems

    What percentage of your company’s revenues are under threat from digital disruption over the next 5 years? (Hint: for large firms it’s 53%. For all firms it’s 33%.)

  • Digital Disruption: How to Make Money from It Explained by Tech Guru Peter Weill

    Think ecosystems, not value chains, says a global technology guru.

  • What You Need to Know Before Starting a Platform Business

    There’s probably never been a better time for platform businesses. But, warn two experienced economists, that doesn’t make them easy to launch successfully.

  • Should You Trust Your CEO With Cloud Computing Decisions?

    Could the long-awaited tech “singularity” finally be upon us? That is, business leaders understand technology requirements, and technology executives are helping to lead the business?


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