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Faculty and Research Staff


Peter Weill, Chairman & Senior Research Scientist

Peter’s work centers on the role, value, and governance of digitization in enterprises and their ecosystems. Peter joined the faculty of the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2000 as director of the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), of which he became chairman in 2008. Peter’s current responsibilities include the globalization of MIT CISR’s research and sponsorship base and engagement with senior executive teams.

Peter’s award-winning books, articles, and case studies have been published by Harvard Business School Press, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2008, Ziff Davis recognized Peter as #24 of “The Top 100 Most Influential People in IT” and the highest-ranked academic.

MIT Sloan Profile

Office: E94-1549
Tel: 617-253-2930
Assistant: Dorothea Gray-Papastathis
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Leslie Owens, Executive Director & MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer

Leslie joined the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2015 as a senior lecturer and executive director of MIT CISR. She oversees CISR’s operations and is responsible for optimizing the impact of CISR research findings with academics, executives, and the general public. She also serves as a faculty mentor for a Sloan Action Learning course on enterprise transformation.

Leslie has worked in business technology for over twenty years as a practitioner, research analyst, and consultant. Before MIT CISR, she was a vice president and research director at Forrester Research where she managed a team of analysts and was responsible for leading research projects, delivering research and consulting services to clients, and speaking at major industry events.

MIT Sloan Profile

Office: E94-1547
Tel: 617-324-1901

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

Joe Peppard, Principal Research Scientist

Joe researches, teaches, and consults in the domains of IT leadership; digital strategy and innovation; the execution of digital transformation programs; the creation of value from IT investments; and the role, structure, and capabilities of the IT unit in contemporary organizations. In an environment where hype is all too commonplace, Joe seeks to help business and IT leaders navigate an appropriate route through what is an increasingly complex landscape. His research investigates contemporary issues and challenges that managers face in a world of accelerating technological change.

Joe recognizes that managers want frameworks and models to help them understand their own predicaments, insights to figure out options and consequences, and clear actionable advice and guidance His most recent book (with John Ward) is The Strategic Management of Information Systems: Building a Digital Strategy (Wiley).

Joe is based in Europe.

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

Jeanne W. Ross, Principal Research Scientist

Jeanne lectures, conducts research, and directs executive education courses on IT management practices. She joined MIT CISR in 1993 as a principal research scientist, and was director of the center from 2008 to 2016. Her research examines how companies are architecting themselves for success in the digital economy. She is also studying how companies effectively implement the capabilities offered by new technologies like social, mobile, analytics, cloud, Internet of Things, and cognitive computing.

Jeanne is co-author of three books, and she is a founding senior editor and former editor-in-chief of MIS Quarterly Executive. Her work has appeared in major practitioner and academic journals, including MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, MIS Quarterly Executive, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of Management Information Systems, IBM Systems Journal, and CIO Magazine.

MIT Sloan Profile

Office: E94-1551
Tel: 617-253-9461

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, business analytics, and big data 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

Kristine Dery, Research Scientist

Kristine’s research in the dynamic between technology and the way people work has been a focus of her publications and teaching for the last fifteen years. Currently, she is investigating the design and management of the workplace to understand both how organizations use digital capabilities internally to create more effective ways of working and the impacts of new ways of engaging with talent in the digital era. This work has stemmed from a historical research focus on the relationship between HRM and IT, mobile connectivity, human resource information systems, gamification, and remote working. She previously held management roles in the tourism and airline industries in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Kristine is based in Sydney and is responsible for fostering research relationships with companies in Australia and New Zealand.

MIT Sloan Profile

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

Nils Olaya Fonstad, Research Scientist

Nils researches competitive digital innovation. Currently, he is studying how organizations successfully transform and develop capabilities necessary to compete with an expanding portfolio of digital innovation—from new products and enhanced processes to complementary services and new business models. He also studies both how organizations build digitized platforms that enhance and sustain competitive business agility and how they define, access, and foster new skills and leaders for operating and innovating digitally. 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

Ina M. Sebastian, Research Scientist

Ina studies how large enterprises transform for success in the digital economy. Her current research areas are digital strategies and organizational redesign, digital workplace and talent management, and collaboration across organizational boundaries in ecosystems. Prior to joining MIT CISR in 2014, Ina completed a Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business. One of her ongoing research interests is relational and adaptive approaches to coordination in health care systems, within and across organizational boundaries, and the role of digital capabilities.

Office: E94-1543
Tel: 617-253-6607

Nick van der Meulen, Research Scientist

Nick explores how leading organizations manage information and technology to enable new ways of working that drive performance. He has considerable knowledge of digital workplace trends, organizational behavior, and social/business networks. Prior to joining MIT CISR, he was a faculty member at the University of Amsterdam and the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

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

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. She is currently studying the pattern of digital investments in enterprises and the coordination needed to manage those investments, how digitization is influencing the next-generation enterprise, the practices of digital leaders, and the impact of the Internet of Things on company business models and the competitive landscape.

MIT Sloan Profile

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

Aman Shah, Senior Research Support Associate

Aman supports MIT CISR’s efforts through project management, content strategy development, and by enhancing collaboration and cooperation across projects. Aman came to MIT CISR from Deloitte’s Federal consulting practice. There he leveraged mechanical engineering and entrepreneurship experience in helping government clients to adapt to emerging technology trends and enable a digital supply chain, focusing on Additive Manufacturing, Digital Thread, and the Internet of Things. Aman graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Office: E94-1548f
Phone: 617-324-4542

Administrative Staff

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

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

Amber Franey, Administrative Assistant

Amber assists research scientists Jeanne Ross and Barb Wixom 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