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MIT CISR 2021 Research Projects

Doing Organizational Surgery with Fewer Complications

Business Models: Future Ready/Pathways, Business Model Transformation

In MIT CISR research on becoming future ready, we identified four “explosions”—significant organizational changes—that enterprises must manage for successful digitally enabled business transformation: decision rights, new ways of working, platform mindset, and organizational surgery. Also known as restructuring, organizational surgery is most effective when it improves both the customer experience and operational efficiency in a company not designed for the digital era. Organizational surgery is disruptive and often requires more than one intervention. In this research, we will use survey and interview data to study:

  • What are the different types of organizational surgery? What are the goals and outcomes for the different types of surgery?
  • How long does organizational surgery typically take? What preparation is needed beforehand and what rehab afterward?
  • What practices help companies undergo organizational surgery without complications?
  • How do company leaders best manage organizational surgery?

Seeking:

  • Interviews with companies that have effectively managed organizational surgery
  • Survey respondents in the latter half of the year

Contact: Stephanie L. Woerner

RESEARCH TEAM

Peter Weill, Chair & Senior Research Scientist

Peter’s work centers on the role, value, and governance of digitization in enterprises and their ecosystems. Peter’s current responsibilities include the globalization of MIT CISR’s research and sponsorship base and engagement with senior executive teams.

Stephanie L. Woerner, Research Scientist

Stephanie’s work focuses on how enterprises use technology and data to create more effective business models and how they manage the associated organizational change. She has a passion for measuring hard-to-assess digital factors and linking them to firm performance.

Nick van der Meulen, Research Scientist

Nick’s work centers on how companies need to organize themselves differently in the face of continuous technological change. Nick is passionate about separating hype from reality using quantitative data, while also studying the complexity of business practice through in-depth case studies.

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