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Sponsor & Patron Benefits

Our relationships with sponsors and patrons are critical to the success of MIT CISR. These relationships provide MIT CISR with our principal source of funding as well as input and feedback on our research agenda and findings.

Our sponsors and patrons are typically large multinational corporations with leading-edge IT capability (or an equivalent organization in size and IT capability from the public sector). They are formally recognized as supporters of MIT CISR on our website and in our publications and presentations.

The list below is of our general benefits to sponsors. Pricing and patron benefits can be discussed individually with our Engagement Director, Austin Van Groningen.

MIT CISR Member Benefits


Listing in all MIT CISR publications and website as a sponsor or patron

Research and Events

  • Participation in the research process, including input into annual project selection and potential inclusion as a research site
  • Invitations to several research forums each year (for up to at least three people) to hear and discuss findings from recent and ongoing MIT CISR research
  • An invitation to the MIT CISR Digital Leadership Summit (DLS) to senior leaders at member firms


  • Introduction and access to a community of thoughtful, strategic IT managers who use MIT CISR’s frameworks as a common language to communicate across their organizations
  • Participate in our Data Research Advisory Board

Members-only Web Access

Full access and use of to MIT CISR's world-class thought leadership research output including:

  • Presentations from MIT CISR events
  • MIT CISR Working Papers (available to employee of sponsor and patron firms 90 days prior to their public release)
  • Monthly Research Briefings
  • Web-based Briefing Extras: Logged-in members from sponsor and patron organizations have access to additional research findings, authors’ perspectives, associated reading lists, etc.

Engagement Units

For each 3-year term of sponsorship, the benefits include three (3) Engagement Units. See below for descriptions of engagement types and the associated number of Engagement Units. Online Engagement is the entry-level unit and cannot be divided into smaller units. Sponsors may purchase additional Engagement Units if desired. For more information on Engagement Units, please contact MIT CISR's Engagement Director, Austin Van Groningen

Type of Engagement Sample Description No. of Engagement Units
Online Engagement

60–90 minutes long, on the topic of the sponsor’s choice, non-customized delivery by one researcher, to an audience of the sponsor’s choice

Custom Online Engagement

60–120 minutes long, customized delivery that may include:

• Prep calls to collect specific company data and insights
• Customized analysis of MIT CISR data for a specific focus
• Inclusion of new case examples specific to the engagement
• Involvement of more than one researcher
In-Person Engagement

2–3 hours long, with content based on MIT CISR research plus opportunities for:

• Interaction with clients or executives to explore the research through formal activities or informal social networking
• Team exercises and interactions
Custom In-Person Engagement

Up to 4 hours long, custom delivery includes the items listed in Customized Online Engagement plus activities such as:

• Dedicated diagnostics in practice
• Bespoke team exercises (possibly including client data)
• Guest presenters targeted for clients and/or executives


  • One reserved place and fee waiver at MIT CISR Summer Session, a four-day deep dive on “Generating Business Value from Digitization” delivered by MIT Sloan CISR faculty, research staff and invited guests. This event is held each year in June on the MIT Campus; additional places may be purchased at a discount
  • 15% discount on tuition for many MIT Sloan Executive Education open enrollment programs (discount code and details available to logged-in employees of MIT CISR member organizations)
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