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Leveraging Digital Ecosystems for Sustainability

Business Models; Information Technologies; Innovation and Strategy

Companies increasingly use digital technologies and data to develop products, services, and business practices that contribute to sustainability objectives. Based on past MIT CISR research, we hypothesize that companies with ambitious sustainability objectives must leverage the power of digital ecosystems, and in doing so will create ongoing value for all participants. We will study this by conducting interviews with experts and executives responsible for companies’ digital initiatives for sustainability and creating case studies on successful initiatives.

We will focus on the following research questions:

  • To what extent have companies leveraged ecosystems to make significant progress on sustainability objectives?
  • What practices help companies overcome challenges, create momentum, and realize sustainability value and other digital value from digital initiatives for sustainability?
  • How do companies hold digital initiatives accountable for realizing value and how do they track the cumulative impact?

SEEKING: We are seeking participation in the research from executives responsible for digital initiatives that have made significant progress on sustainability objectives and that have created value. We are particularly interested in digital initiatives for sustainability currently underway or completed with other organizations.

CONTACT: Ina Sebastian

Ina M. Sebastian, Research Scientist

Ina studies how large enterprises transform for success in the digital economy. Her current research areas are digital partnering—including strategies to grow with digital partners and partnering strength—and value creation and value capture in digital models.

Thomas Haskamp, Ph.D. Candidate & Research Collaborator, MIT CISR

Thomas is a Research Associate at the Chair for Design Thinking and Innovation at the Hasso Plattner Institute and a member of the HPI Stanford Design Thinking Research Program. For his PhD, Thomas is investigating inertia and resistance to change within digital transformation initiatives of incumbent firms. 

Stephanie L. Woerner, Director & Principal 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.

Barbara H. Wixom, Principal Research Scientist

Barbara’s academic research explores how organizations generate business value from data assets. Barbara enjoys deep expertise in data and analytics techniques and technologies, with particular interest in data and analytics strategy, capabilities, and success.

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MIT CISR research is funded by the more than seventy-five firms that sponsor our work and participate in our consortium. 

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