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Past Events

MIT CISR offers a selection of ​research events each year at which our sponsor and patron members can hear and discuss findings from our ongoing research, presented by members of our research team. These events, based in varying locations globally—or virtually—provide opportunities for members to engage directly with the research, the researchers, and each other.

Review Our Past Events:

Conversations with CISR: Becoming a Serial Innovator of Digital Offerings

October 8, 2020

In this presentation, Drs. Nils Fonstad and Martin Mocker described a successful approach to experimenting with digital offerings. To remain relevant and mitigate disruption, traditional companies have to engage in multiple fast-paced experiments in digital offerings: revenue-generating solutions that leverage digital technologies to address customer needs. Yet most struggle to do so.

After launching several digital offering initiatives, reinsurance giant Munich Re noticed that many of the initiatives experienced similar challenges. During the presentation, Dr. Dirk Heiss, Head of Digital Platforms at Munich Re, shared insights and took questions on how the company developed a foundation for serial innovation.

Conversations with CISR: Prof. Sinan Aral, author of The Hype Machine

September 23 & 24, 2020

Peter Weill and Sinan Aral discussed Sinan’s new book, The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health—and How We Must Adapt. Sinan, Director of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), took stock of social media’s ascendance and provided clear-eyed prescriptions for how we can protect ourselves and democracy from fake news deception and social media manipulation.

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Conversations with CISR: Putting the X Back into Employee Experience

July 15, 2020

COVID-19 is a wasted crisis if the main decision on the table is whether people should return to the office or continue to work remotely. Unlocking new technology capabilities, digitizing more work, building new skills, and creating new work routines all offer opportunities to design a better work experience for employees. In this Conversation, Dr. Kristine Dery discussed the employee experience of digital business transformation with industry leaders. 

Conversations with CISR: Innovating Greater Value Faster

July 7, 2020

With the current tensions in the economy, hurdles for implementing digital innovation have amplified. Companies are looking for ways to generate more value with innovation without increasing risks—and there is a way to generate greater value faster. MIT CISR research describes how firms are realizing more value from their investments by adopting a test and learn approach to digital innovation initiatives. This Conversation, which explored key aspects of innovating greater value faster, understanding obstacles to implementing this approach, and action steps for addressing prevalent obstacles, featured both a presentation by Dr. Nils Fonstad and group discussion. 

Conversations with CISR: A Farewell from Jeanne Ross

June 30, 2020

Jeanne Ross spent 26 years conducting research at MIT CISR—most of which addressed the importance and process of business design (i.e., architecture). At the end of June 2020, she retired from MIT CISR to pursue new interests. In this webinar, she offered parting thoughts on the state of the art and the meaning of digital design. She reflected on her rewarding and impactful career, and engaged with ideas and questions from the audience.

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Conversations with CISR: Australian Firms Need To Become Future Ready

June 25, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we are all confronting challenges to our typical digital business methods—making it the perfect moment to harness disruption and work on making your firm “Future Ready.” In our recent study on the digital transformation efforts of more than 1,300 firms globally, only 3% of Australian firms were Future Ready, compared to 22% of firms overall. And Australian firms face some unique challenges. In this webinar, Peter Weill, Kristine Dery, and Stephanie Woerner of MIT CISR discussed these provocative findings with guests Richard Webby, CTO of Scentre Group, and Gayan Benedict, CIO of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Conversations with CISR: Designed for Digital Book Talk

June 16, 2020

In September 2019, the MIT Press published Designed for Digital, which offers guidelines for big companies pursuing digital transformations. The world has changed a great deal in the few months since the book's release, but the building blocks for a successful transformation have not. In this set of two live webinars, co-authors Jeanne Ross, Cynthia Beath, and Martin Mocker discussed insights they've gained as companies have attempted (or not) to apply their research findings to their digital initiatives.

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The MIT CISR Digital Leadership Summit

May 18, 2020

This small, interactive, invitation-only event is held annually, usually on the MIT Sloan School of Management Campus, for C-Suite executives from MIT CISR's global consortium. Due to concerns about the health and safety of participants amidst the COVID-19 virus situation, the 2020 event was reorganized as a virtual event featuring three live sessions with MIT CISR researchers.

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