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Welcome to the MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), a research center at the MIT Sloan School of Management, supported by a consortium of over 80 public and private organizations from all over the world. ross

Since its establishment in 1974, MIT CISR has been studying one question: How do organizations generate business value from IT? Grounded in the MIT tradition of rigorous field-based research (MIT’s motto is “Mens et Manus”—“Mind and Hand”), MIT CISR’s mission is to help executives address the IT-related challenges of leading dynamic, global, and information-intensive organizations.

Through close relationships with our sponsoring organizations and other practitioners, MIT CISR researchers have done ground-breaking research on IT Portfolios, IT Governance, Enterprise Architecture  and many other topics of interest to IT and non-IT executives. We have developed concepts and frameworks to guide management practice. The relevance of our research is ensured by the active participation of corporate sponsors from a wide range of industries.

This site includes “primer” pages on four of our key research topics, a publications library, information on upcoming events, and ways for you to become part of the MIT CISR community or get involved in our research. We hope you will visit regularly.



Jeanne W. Ross
Research Director & Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan CISR