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Harvard Business Review (

"Why Nordstrom’s Digital Strategy Works
(and Yours Probably Doesn’t)
By Jeanne W. Ross, Cynthia M. Beath,
and Ina Sebastian
January 13, 2015


"Top CIOs Start the Journey
to the ‘Digital Enterprise’
By Michael Fitzgerald
January 14, 2015

Perspectives: The Informatica Blog

"Six ideas for CIOs in 2015 to put the innovation back in CIO"
By Myles Suer
December 19, 2014

CIO New Zealand (

"Movers and shakers: Forum tackles the 'impossible role' of the CIO"
By Divina Paredes
December 3, 2014

Current Projects

Based on our mission to develop concepts and frameworks to help executives address the IT-related challenges of leading increasingly dynamic, global, and information-intensive organizations, MIT CISR researchers focus on year-long specific and applicable projects. The relevance of our research is ensured by the active participation of corporate sponsors from a range of industries.

MIT CISR research projects are typically a collaboration of several researchers and often include MIT students. Research results are disseminated primarily through working papers, research briefings, an annual conference, and sponsor forums.

MIT CISR 2015 Research Projects:

Engaging Your Executive Committee and Board on Digitization

Digitization is impacting all areas of business and therefore requires CEO, Executive Committee (ExCo), and Board involvement. [Learn more...]

Beyond Monetization: Balancing the Risks and Rewards of Data

In a digital economy, data—and the information it produces—is one of a company’s most important assets. [Learn more...]

The New IT Unit Operating Model: Orchestrating the Supply of Resources for Digitization

The IT unit must deftly orchestrate IT supply from diverse and emergent sources as it shapes and enables strategic business demand. [Learn more...]

Business Complexity as a Strategic Choice

In previous research at MIT CISR, we found that product complexity has the potential to increase business performance, but process complexity—which often accompanies product complexity—negatively impacts business performance. [Learn more...]

Becoming a Digital Ecosystem Driver

Over the last two years, MIT CISR has been studying next-generation enterprises that are developing as a result of the rapid increase in digitization. [Learn more...]

Designing Digital Organizations: Strategic Responses to SMACIT-Induced Disruption

The influx of SMACIT (social, mobile, analytics, cloud, Internet of Things) is disrupting industries and companies. [Learn more...]

The Internet of Things

We are entering the era of the connected business model. Potentially, any asset, person, product, process, or source of data can be connected, making a reality of the long forecast connected house, car, factory and ecosystem. [Learn more...]

Inventing the Digital Workplace

BYOD, social media, data security risks, empowerment, open workspaces, flexible work schedules, collaboration tools, global teams, remote workers, the mobile office—many forces have put traditional work arrangements under siege. [Learn more...]

The CIO as Venture Capitalist

CIOs are increasingly being called upon to find new technology-based solutions to facilitate organizational agility and strategic advantage. [Learn more...]