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Peter Weill

Key Research Areas: Digital Business Models, Digital Business Transformation
Digital Savvy, Future Ready

Read about the latest book from Stephanie, Peter, and Ina

Learn more about Future Ready: The Four Pathways to Capturing Digital Value

To be a top performer in the digital economy—to become truly future ready—you need a playbook. Now you have one.

It seems like almost every company you can think of—including your own—has embarked on a "digital transformation" journey. The problem is, many companies start down the road without a good sense of where they are going or a clear idea of how they will create and capture digital value. Not surprisingly, this leads to problems: failure to realize the value from digital in their bottom lines, wasted resources and effort, added complexity and dysfunction.

This compact, no-nonsense book provides a solution. In their years of working with senior executives around the world, MIT research scientists Stephanie Woerner, Peter Weill, and Ina Sebastian noticed that these leaders knew they had to transform their businesses, but lacked a coherent framework and a common language—a playbook—to guide and motivate their employees and keep everyone focused on a common goal.

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About Peter

Peter’s work centers on the role, value, and governance of digitization in enterprises and their ecosystems. Peter joined the faculty of the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2000 as director of the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), of which he became chairman in 2008. Peter’s current responsibilities include an active research agenda, the globalization of MIT CISR’s research and sponsorship base, and engagement with senior executive teams and boards.

Peter has coauthored ten books and award-winning articles and case studies with publishers and media outlets including Harvard Business Review Press, MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The European Business Review. In December 2019, MIT Sloan Management Review recognized his article “Thriving in an Increasingly Digital Ecosystem” as one of “The Best MIT SMR Articles of the 2010s.” In 2008, Ziff Davis recognized Peter as #24 of “The Top 100 Most Influential People in IT” and the highest-ranked academic.

Peter has worked on digitization issues with more than fifty global companies’ top management teams, executive committees, and boards—including those of many MIT CISR member companies located in Australia. Peter has also advised on agenda planning and conducts workshops for key conferences including the CEO Summits for Microsoft, IBM, and SAP and the International Monetary Conference. Peter works regularly with MIT Sloan Executive Education, leading programs for clients that have included CEMEX, Standard Bank Group, Santander, CBA, QBE, ANZ, General Mills, and Suncorp. Peter is based in Australia, and has previously served as Professor and Board Member, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne; Program Co-Chair, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Brisbane; co-author and research partner with several Australia-based academics; Member of the Advisory Board, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne; and Member of the Australian Conference on Information Systems Organising Committee.

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