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Faculty & Staff

Peter Weill, Chairman & Senior Research Scientist

Peter’s work centers on the role, value and governance of IT in enterprises. Peter joined the Sloan faculty in 2000 to become director of MIT Sloan’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR) and was named chairman in 2008. Peter’s current responsibilities include the globalization of MIT CISR’s research and sponsorship base.

MIT Sloan Profile

Office: E94-1549
Tel: 617-253-2930
Assistant: Dorothea Gray-Papastathis
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Jeanne W. Ross, Research Director & Principal Research Scientist

Jeanne W. Ross is Research Director and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information Systems Research where she lectures, conducts research, and directs executive education courses on IT management practices. Her research examines organizational and performance implications of enterprise initiatives related to enterprise architecture, IT governance, outsourcing, and business agility.

MIT Sloan Profile

Office: E94-1551
Tel: 617-253-9461
Assistant: Marki Richelson
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Leslie Owens, Executive Director & MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer

Leslie Owens is Executive Director and MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information Systems Research where she helps define sponsorship models; supervises sponsor-defined student projects for T-Lab, CISR’s MIT Sloan Action Learning course; defines communications strategy to optimize the impact of CISR research; designs and hosts CISR sponsor event programs; and leads staff development efforts. She works with other CISR leaders to provide CISR’s strategic direction.

Leslie joins MIT CISR from Forrester Research where she was a Vice President and Research Director. In this role she managed a team of analysts and was responsible for leading research projects, delivering research and consulting services to clients, and speaking at major client events.

MIT Sloan Profile
Office: E94-1547
Tel: 617-324-1901
Assistant: Marki Richelson
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Wanda J. Orlikowski, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management

Wanda actively investigates the dynamic relationship between information technologies and organizations, with particular emphasis on structures, cultures, work practices, and change. She has examined the use of groupware technologies in organizations, and the social and technological aspects of working virtually.

MIT Sloan Profile

Office: E53-325
Tel: 617-253-0443

Barbara Haley Wixom, Principal Research Scientist

Barbara’s academic research explores how organizations deliver business value through data. She enjoys deep expertise in data warehousing, business intelligence, and business analytics capabilities, with particular interest in organizational success, business value, and emerging trends. Prior to joining MIT CISR, she enjoyed a fifteen-year academic career at the University of Virginia.

MIT Sloan Profile

Office: E94-1553
Tel: 617-452-5401
Assistant: Marki Richelson
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Kristine Dery, Research Scientist & Program Manager, Australia

Kristine’s research in technology and the workplace has resulted in a range of both academic and industry publications with particular emphasis on Mobile Connectivity. This work has stemmed from a longer-term research focus on the relationship between HRM and IS which has, in more recent times, generated further inquiry into the management of remote workers and the implications for new ways of working. She co-founded and co-chairs the Digital Disruption Research Group in Sydney, where both academics and industry are engaged in research on the impact of digital technologies and new ways of working. She previously held management roles in the tourism and airline industries in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

Office: E94-15th Floor
Tel: 617-253-2348

Nils Olaya Fonstad, Research Scientist & Program Manager, Europe

Nils researches how organizations build digitized platforms that enhance and sustain competitive business agility as well as how they define, access and foster new skills and leaders for operating and innovating digitally. Nils has returned to MIT CISR as a research scientist from INSEAD eLab, where he served as Associate Director. Based in Europe, Nils is responsible for both fostering relations with organizations from Europe and Latin America and conducting field-based research on how firms maximize business value and minimize risks from digitization.

Office: E94-15th Floor
Tel: +34 64 555 3669

Stephanie Woerner, Research Scientist

Stephanie studies how companies manage organizational change caused by the digitization of the economy. Her research centers on enterprise digitization and the associated governance and strategy implications. Three current studies include (1) the amount, allocation, and impact of enterprise-wide digital investments; (2) how digitization is influencing the next-generation enterprise; and (3) the impact of the Internet of Things on company business models and the competitive landscape. In previous National Science Foundation-funded work, Stephanie studied distributed work teams and their use of multiple media, electronic communication technologies, and coordination mechanisms to get work done; she was also project manager for the five-year grant.

MIT Sloan Profile

Office: E94-1557
Tel: 617-452-3222

Susan G. Krusell, Research Associate

Susan brings business and government experience to research at MIT CISR, having worked for more than twelve years in international financial services with MFS Investment Management and Brown Brothers Harriman, and as an analyst with The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury. Susan’s research role follows three years as assistant to MIT CISR Chairman Peter Weill. She holds an MBA from Boston College and a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Office: E94-1556
Phone: 617-324-9762

Ina M. Sebastian, Research Associate

Ina comes to MIT CISR directly from finishing her Ph.D. (in International Management with a focus on IS Management) at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii. Prior to beginning her Ph.D. program, Ina was an analyst for Jupiter Research (now Forrester). Ina will be working with MIT CISR research scientists on several current projects.

Office: E94-1550
Tel: 617-253-6607

Kate Moloney, Research Specialist

Kate works on multiple MIT CISR research projects in her research specialist role. She holds a Master’s degree in Intellectual History from The New School for Social Research.

Office: E94-1550
Phone: 617-253-6768

Associated Faculty & Researchers

Cynthia Beath, Professor Emerita, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

Cynthia has participated in CISR research projects on IT management, outsourcing, and IT investment, leading to publications in Sloan Management Review, MIS Quarterly, and a number of CISR briefings, case studies, and working papers.


Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science, Professor of Information Technology
Director, The MIT Center for Digital Business
Erik explores how advances in information technology contribute to business performance and organizational change. He directs the MIT Center for Digital Business, a research initiative that analyzes the business uses of the Internet and other digital technologies.

MIT Sloan Profile

Rajiv Kohli, John N. Dalton Memorial Professor of Business
Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary
Rajiv’s research interests include business value of information technology, healthcare information systems, and managing innovation with information technologies.


Stuart E. Madnick, John Norris Maguire Professor of Information Technology
Stuart finds ways to integrate information systems to provide organizations with a more global view of their operations. He is also involved in introducing new types of “aggregator” Internet applications–on-line applications that accumulate and synthesize information.

MIT Sloan Profile

Thomas W. Malone, Patrick J. McGovern (1959) Professor of Management, Professor of Information Technology
Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
Thomas is the founder and director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and was one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on “Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century.”

MIT Sloan Profile

M. Lynne Markus, The John W. Poduska, Sr. Professor of Information
and Process Management
Bentley University
Lynne’s research interests include the social and ethical issues in IT design and use, especially in the finance industry, and IT governance and organizational design in multinational enterprises, governmental organizations, and interorganizational arrangements.


Martin Mocker, Professor of Business Administration and Information Systems
ESB Business School, Reutlingen University

Martin’s research focuses on managing IT and digitization, especially business complexity in the digital age and (re-)architecting organizations for digitization. Martin previously worked with MIT CISR as a research scientist.

 Peter Reynolds
Peter Reynolds, MIT CISR Research Affiliate
and Executive Director, Innovation and the Lab
UK Technology Strategy Board, Future Cities Catapult

Pete is setting up and running innovation and the lab, one of the United Kingdom’s six to eight new innovation centers applying digitization to future cities. Pete is a former research scientist with MIT CISR.


Sia Siew Kien, Associate Professor of Information Technology and Operations Management
Director of the Information Management Research Center (IMARC)
Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University

Siew Kien’s main research interests focus on process redesign, enterprise systems implementation, enterprise integration, as well as global IT organization design and governance.


Christina Soh, Professor and Vice-Dean (Undergraduate Business)
Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University

Christina has published and made conference presentations in her research areas of investment in information technology, IT infrastructure, and IT policy.


Paul P. Tallon, Associate Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management
Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business at Loyola University
Executive Director of the David D. Lattanze Center for Information Value



Christine G. Foglia, Associate Director
Chris Foglia manages administration, financial analysis and control, event planning, and sponsor services for MIT CISR.

MIT Sloan Profile

Office: E94-1541
Phone: 617-253-6657

Cheryl Miller, Digital Content & Technology Manager

Cheryl manages research content production and dissemination and technical properties for MIT CISR.

Office: E94-1556
Phone: 617-253-8967

Dorothea Gray-Papastathis, Administrative Assistant

Dorothea assists MIT CISR chairman Peter Weill.

Office: E94-1548F
Phone: 617-253-3372

Marki Richelson, Administrative Assistant

Marki assists research scientists Barb Wixom and Nils Fonstad and associate director Chris Foglia. She also assists with sponsor events and other administrative needs of the group.

Office: E94-1548A
Phone: 617-324-7546