Nils Fonstad, SM ‘96, PhD ‘03

Research Scientist

MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research

Symposium Roles
Speaker/Panelist 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Panels Participated in
Realizing Synergies from Digital Innovations (2018)
Expanding the Reach of Digital Innovation (2017)
Best Practices for Managing a Digital Innovation Portfolio (2016)
The Influence of Digital on CIO Leadership (2015)

Nils Fonstad researches competitive digital innovation. Currently, he is studying how organizations successfully transform and develop capabilities necessary to compete with an expanding portfolio of digital innovation—from new products and enhanced processes to complementary services and new business models. He also studies both how organizations build digitized platforms that enhance and sustain competitive business agility and how they define, access, and foster new skills and leaders for operating and innovating digitally. In 2010, he co-founded with CIONET the European CIO of the Year Awards ( to raise awareness of the expanding strategic roles of digital leaders. Dr. Fonstad returned to MIT CISR as a research scientist from INSEAD eLab, where he served as Associate Director.

Based in Madrid, he is responsible for both fostering relations with organizations from Europe and Latin America and conducting field-based research on how firms maximize business value and minimize risks from digitization.

He earned his PhD degree in Information Technology and Organization Studies from MIT Sloan School of Management; an MS from the MIT Technology and Policy Program; and a BS in mechanical engineering and BA in film studies from Cornell University.

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