Rob Austin

Professor, Information Systems
Expertise: Simulations, Design, Digital Transformation, Innovation, Learning Innovation, Technology Management, Information Technology, Cybersecurity

Rob  Austin

Rob Austin is a Professor of Innovation and Information Systems, and an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences. He has worked extensively with corporate clients, including BP, CIBC, Citrix Systems, Hewlett Packard, IBM, LL Bean, Maersk Oil and Gas, Microsoft, Pfizer, Roche, Symantec, UPS, and the United States House of Representatives. 

Rob is the author of nine books and has published widely in both academic and professional journals, such as Harvard Business Review, Information Systems Research, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and the Wall Street Journal. He also is the author of more than 50 published cases and notes, three Harvard online products, and two popular Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) running on the Coursera platform.


Innovating for Digital Transformation

Accelerate digital transformation in your team, department, or organization. Harness innovation strategies, new technologies, and leadership skills to drive successful change.

Starts April 22, 2024

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Neurodiversity and Belonging at Work

Learn essential strategies to unlock better communication, creativity, and performance. Lead people as individuals and empower your team through understanding and inclusion.

Starts September 12, 2024

Live Virtual

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November 5th, 2021

Neurodiversity in the workplace: Building towards inclusion

In this podcast episode, our panelists examine pioneering workplace programs, the competitive advantage of inclusion, and changing ideals of leadership through a more inclusive lens.

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August 5th, 2020

Crisis and opportunity

In the latest issue of Ivey Business Journal, innovation expert Rob Austin and The Ivey Academy's executive director, Mark Healy, discuss how the pandemic has many organizations experimenting and innovating.

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July 10th, 2020

Innovating in a pandemic: Is there opportunity within adversity?

Innovation expert and Ivey professor Rob Austin discusses the relationship between "jolts" and innovation, why innovation tends to be difficult for organizations during normal times, and shared examples of ways the pandemic may be driving important innovation.

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March 31st, 2023

Leading People as Individuals: Unlocking the Potential of Neurodiversity

Explore how leaders can cultivate an inclusive workplace that enables your organization to unlock the potential of diverse teams.

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July 27th, 2023

Digital Transformation in Established Businesses: It’s More Than Just Optimizing Your Current Model

Dr. Rob Austin breaks down preconceptions around digitalization, suggesting ways that established companies should rethink their business models in order to succeed in a digital future.

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August 3rd, 2023

How experiential learning develops the leaders of tomorrow

Learn why experiential learning and the Case Method are critical to the teaching process at Ivey, and how they help executives learn by doing.

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