Roland Deiser

Roland Deiser

Founder and Executive Director, CFFO
Senior Drucker Fellow, Claremont Graduate University

Twitter @rolanddeiser

Roland Deiser is a Senior Drucker Fellow and serves as the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Organization. Prior to his engagement with the Drucker School he served for 10 years as a Senior Fellow with the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California (USC).

Roland is a Associate Professor of Political Science and has held teaching and senior research positions at numerous universities in Europe and the United States. He has published three books and more than 40 articles in scientific and professional journals and books. Throughout his career, Roland put a strong emphasis on linking academia with practice. He was the founding Dean of DaimlerChrysler’s Corporate University and is the founder and Chairman of the Executive Corporate Learning Forum (ECLF), a global network of more than 60 major multinational corporations from 14 countries that jointly explore how to develop and sustain strategic capabilities in fast changing environments (

Roland is an advisor to Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. He has been working in advisory and board positions with major global players such as BASF, Bertelsmann, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Telekom, E.ON, SAP, Siemens, or Xerox as well as with emerging growth companies, primarily in the digital media convergence space. He has also served as an expert for the German Federal and State Commission on the impact of the Internet on the future of universities.


Selected Publications

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

Transformers: Executive Conversations About Creating Agile Organizations (ECLF Press, 2014)

Six Social Media Skills Every Leader Needs (with Sylvain Newton, McKinsey Quarterly, 1/2013)

Talent Management in the Creative Age. In Borensztejn, H (ed.): Growing Talent – a Corporate Duty (Marshall Cavendish 2010)

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