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MIT CISR Summer Session

Managing Digital Opportunities

June 12–15, 2017

This is our 43rd annual MIT CISR Summer Session, which welcomes both open enrollment registrants and participants from MIT CISR sponsor and patron organizations. MIT CISR and other Sloan faculty—and guest CIOs—will present both recent and classic research findings that help companies successfully manage businesses in an increasingly digital economy. The program includes lectures, discussion, and exercises to ensure that participants learn from both MIT research and their own experiences. Participants who attend the full program will receive an MIT CISR certificate acknowledging their attendance. Applicants may also apply to attend individual days this year.

Our daily themes for the 2017 program are:

Monday:  Defining and Executing Your Digital Strategy

Join Dr. Jeanne W. Ross as she shares her findings on how to create a great digital strategy. As she argues in this recent piece in Sloan Management Review,  to succeed today, companies need a unique value proposition that incorporates digital technologies in a way that is difficult for competitors to replicate.

This day will include interactive time for participants to craft their digital strategies.

Tuesday:  Engaging Your Ecosystem

Join Dr. Peter Weill as he shares the key insights from his research with Stephanie Woerner on digital ecosystems.

A leader in the digital economy must hit the trifecta: Be profitable, and innovative and deliver great customer experience. MIT CISR has found that Digital Leaders were statistically significantly different from digital laggards in important ways.

This day will include interactive time for participants to assess their digital maturity.

Wednesday:  Balancing Complexity and Innovation

Join MIT CISR researchers including Dr. Nils Fonstad, Dr. Barbara Wixom and Dr. Martin Mocker as they explore the fascinating topic of business complexity, innovation portfolios and generating business value from data.

The day will end with an interactive Q&A session about the benefits to be realized from Blockchain, IoT and cognitive computing.

Thursday:  Working Smarter—Evidence-based Management

Join MIT CISR researchers Dr. Kristine Dery and Dr. Jeanne Ross as they explore their critical role of your people in your digital strategy. MIT CISR research affiliate, Peter Hinssen, an internationally recognized technology entrepreneur, will deliver an inspirational and entertaining talk on how to transform your organization into a network.

Dr. Weill will end our day with a session on the digital playbook, and the alternative pathways firms can take to become “future ready.”


The application process is now open.

Open enrollment applications will be accepted beginning on April 1;
prior to that we will process only applications from MIT CISR member organizations.


Intended Audience:

This event is intended for individuals who are in or moving to senior IT or digital leadership roles. The agenda offers a broad perspective on the strategies, management practices, and key requirements for IT and business leadership in a digital economy.


The full conference fee is $4950, which includes all materials (via an event app), continental breakfast, lunch and a networking reception each day, plus a conference dinner (for attendees of the full program only).
The fee for each individual day is $1350.

Substitution Policy

If an accepted applicant cannot attend, a qualified substitute may replace him or her provided MIT CISR is notified by May 30, 2017.

Cancellation Policy

Tuition will be refunded in full if cancelled by May 30, 2017.
95% of tuition will be refunded if cancelled by June 5, 2017.
90% of tuition will be refunded if cancelled by June 11, 2017.
There are no refunds for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after June 12, 2017.