CIO Symposium Contributor



George Westerman

Research Scientist

MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Symposium Roles

CIO Award Team Member 2013, 2014, 2015
CIO Award Judge 2012, 2013
Speaker/Panelist 2014, 2015


George Westerman is a Research Scientist with the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. His research and teaching focus on digital technology leadership and innovation.

Book: Leading Digital

George has written numerous contributions for publications ranging from Sloan Management Review to Organization Science to The Wall Street Journal. He is co-author of two respected books: The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value, named the #1 Book of 2009 in its field, and IT Risk: Turning Business Threats Into Competitive Advantage, named one of the top five books of 2007. He is coauthor of a new book, Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation, which was published in October 2014.

George regularly conducts keynote presentations and senior executive workshops with companies around the world. Prior to earning a Doctorate from Harvard Business School, George gained more than 13 years of experience in product development and technology leadership roles.