Mikołaj Jan Piskorski

Dean of IMD South East Asia and Oceania at IMD Business School

Talk Title: Developing a successful digital strategy:
A practical guide


In my work with CEOs and Chief Digital Officers of numerous companies across what world, I have developed a very practical framework for building and implementing a successful digital strategy. I want to share this framework with you, emphasizing what core strategic elements you must put in place, and describing changes to standard business processes you must introduce. I will illustrate this framework with examples from agriculture, petrochemicals, pharmaceutical, automotive, and banking, and show you how you can easily apply it to your company, regardless of whether it’s big or small.


Mikołaj Jan Piskorski, who often goes by the name Misiek, is a Professor of Strategy and Innovation and the Dean of IMD Southeast Asia and Oceania. Professor Piskorski is an expert on digital strategy, platform strategy, and the process of digital business transformation. He works with companies in various industries across the globe supporting them through digital transformation. He specializes in transformations that span the entire organization, starting with strategic advisory services to the CEO, strategic transformation projects and business development with the top management team, executive education with middle managers, and online education with the rest of the organization. 

At IMD, Professor Piskorski is the Director of the Digital Strategy program, and a co-director of Leading Digital Transformation and Digital Execution programs. He is also the Director of the Digital Excellence Diploma. He also leads the global UBS Senior Leadership Program, Siam Commercial Bank digital transformation program, Daimler Digital Business Transformation Program, and Skanska Top Executive Program. 

Professor Piskorski’s research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Management Science, and Social Forces. He also authored a book called: A Social Strategy: How We Profit from Social Media, published by Princeton University Press in 2014. He is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Organizational Design. He has served on editorial boards of several academic journals including American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science and Organization Science. 

Professor Piskorski received his B.A and M.A. (Cantab) from the University of Cambridge, where he read Economics and Politics at Christ’s College. Subsequently, he received his A.M. in Sociology and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. After completing his Ph.D. he became a faculty member in the Organizational Behavior area at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. In 2004, he returned to Harvard, before coming to IMD in 2014.