Roland Deiser

Roland Deiser

PhD, Innsbruck University, 1979

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Drucker Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for the Future of Organization

Roland Deiser is keenly interested in understanding how to create sustainable strategic capabilities that foster innovation, change acumen and agility in large-scale systems – both as an academic and a practitioner. He pursues this interest by publishing, teaching, speaking, advising, orchestrating executive networks and producing customized think tanks.

Deiser was the founding dean of DaimlerChrysler’s Corporate University and is founding chairman of the Executive Corporate Learning Forum (ECLF), a consortium of more than 70 major multinational corporations from 14 countries who have teamed up to share practices and shape the future of the Corporate Learning and Development practice (

He is a professor of organizational politics and has held teaching and senior research positions at numerous universities in Europe and the United States. Early in 2013, he was appointed the Drucker Senior Fellow at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, where his work focuses on the impact of social media on leadership and organization, and on organizational capabilities required in disruptive business environments. He is also director of the Center for the Future of Organization, an independent think tank at the Drucker School that focuses on applied research and practical discourse on new paradigms of leadership and organization.

Prior to this appointment he served for 10 years as a senior fellow with the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California (USC).

Deiser has published more than 40 articles in scientific and professional journals and books. He is the author of the book Designing the Smart Organization: How Breakthrough Corporate Initiatives Drive Strategic Change and Innovation (2009) and most recently co-authored the widely recognized McKinsey Quarterly article “Six Social Media Skills Every Leader Needs” (together with Sylvain Newton, 2013). He also serves on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal (AMLE) from which he received the 2011 AMLE Editorial Board Outstanding Reviewer Award.

As a consultant, Deiser has been working in advisory and board positions with major global Fortune 500 companies such as BASF, Bertelsmann, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Telekom, E.ON, Xerox, and Siemens as well as with emerging growth companies, primarily in the digital media convergence space.



Roland Deiser, Transformers: Executive Conversations About Creating Agile Organizations (Los Angeles: ECLF Press, 2014)

“Social technology and the New Context of Leadership.” Deiser, R., Newton, S. Wharton Leadership Digest, May/June 2013

“Six Social Media Skills Every Leader Needs” (together with Sylvain Newton). In: McKinsey Quarterly 1/2013

“Business Models Galore: The Colorful and Diverse World of Corporate Universities.” In: Developing Leaders, Issue 9, 2012

“Talent Management in the Creative Age.”Borensztejn, H. (Editor): Growing Talent – a Corporate Duty. Marshall Cavendish, U.K., 2010.

Roland Deiser, Designing the Smart Organization: How Breakthrough Corporate Learning Initiatives Drive Strategic Change and Innovation (San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2009)



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