Professor Mikolaj Jan Piskorski

American, Polish
Strategy and Innovation


Mikołaj Jan Piskorski, who often goes by the name Misiek, is a Professor of Strategy and Innovation at IMD. 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 Business 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.


Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, Andreea Gorbatai (2017) “Testing Coleman’s social-norm enforcement mechanism: Evidence from Wikipedia” American Journal of Sociology. vol.122, no.4, January 2017.

Hanna Halaburda, Mikołaj Jan Piskorski, Pınar Yıldırım (2017) “Competing by restricting choice: The case of matching platforms,” Management Science. published online before print 21 July 2017.

Mikolaj Jan Piskorski (2014), A social strategy: How we profit from social media, Princeton University Press.

Mikolaj Jan Piskorski (2011) “Social strategies that work,” Harvard Business Review. Vol. 89 (11), p. 116-122.

Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, Tommy McCall (2010) “Mapping the social Internet,” Harvard Business Review. July–August 2010.

Mikolaj Jan Piskorski, Tiziana Casciaro (2006) "When more power makes you worse off: Turning a profit in the American economy", Social Forces Vol 85(2), p. 1011-1036.

Tiziana Casciaro, Mikolaj Jan Piskorski (2005) “Power imbalance, mutual dependence, and constraint absorption: A closer look at resource dependence theory,” Administrative science Quarterly. Vol 50(2), 167-199.


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