The MIT Center for Digital Business is a partnership in research
between our corporate sponsors and MIT faculty. Each partnership
revolves around research projects that are a one-to-one match between
a faculty principal investigator and a single corporate sponsor.
In every project, there is an equal value proposition for each participant
- the sponsor has an expected economic benefit from the project
outcome, and the faculty member has an equal expected academic benefit
from the research. This matching approach is unique, and fits well
with the mission of MIT - to conduct work that is both academically
rigorous but also relevant to industry.
"Digital business" is part and parcel of today's modern
corporation. Technology is pervasive. Having said that, our Center
only focuses on those aspects of the digital domain where we have
specific expertise. Our current focus is in three areas
that we call "special interest groups" or SIGs, including:
Each SIG is headed by a senior member of the MIT Faculty, and includes
a number of other faculty that are engaged in a complementary cluster
of projects that have been designed in collaboration with our sponsors.
A corporate sponsor typically will participate directly in one
or two projects - some participate in as many as five. Each project
has a Statement of Work, Period of Performance, Deliverables, Budget
and Principal Investigator. Faculty and sponsor collaborate throughout
the project to share data, tools and frameworks, and results so
that the technology transfer mechanism is maximized.
During the Fall and Spring semesters one or more of the SIGs will
host a Research Workshop so that all sponsors can learn about the
on-going projects being supported by others.
Also during the Fall and Spring semesters, Lunch Seminars are hosted
at the Center to share interim results of work to gain feedback
from both the MIT community and sponsors who join via web cast.
Each May the Center holds its Annual Conference where sponsors
and faculty jointly present the latest results of research.
Throughout the year, the Center produces a series of newsletters,
working papers and research briefs to disseminate knowledge to sponsors
and the public. Eventually the faculty will publish the results
of the research in peer reviewed journals.
With this structure, and series of events and publications, each
company can focus on its dedicated research projects, but also benefit
from periodic updates of other research at the Center.
For more information about specific research projects,
please visit the projects page.
For a list of faculty and their areas of interest and expertise,
please click here.
For a list of sponsors, please visit the Sponsors