Gerald Kane

Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School


Gerald C. (Jerry) Kane is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School, and author of “The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation,” published by MIT Press. He is also the Faculty Director of the Edmund H. Shea Jr. Center for Entrepeneurship and a Professor of Information Systems at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He is a senior editor at MIS Quarterly, the most prestigious academic journal on information systems.

Prof. Kane is the author of “The Technology Fallacy: How People are the Real Key to Digital Transformation,” published by MIT Press in April 2019. For this book, he surveyed over 20,000 executives worldwide and interviewed over 100 executive and thought leaders to determine the key factors associated with digitally mature companies. He concludes that an organization’s response to digital disruption should focus on people and processes and not necessarily on technology.

He has worked with companies such as Walmart, Metlife, Caterpillar, Deloitte, Partners Healthcare, and many other companies to put these insights into practice. He speaks nationally and internationally to executive audiences on the characteristics of digitally mature companies, the steps necessary to become more mature, and how leaders need to adapt their own skills and careers to lead effectively in a digital world.

Kane is the faculty lead of the Tech Trek program at Boston College, preparing and leading students on visits to technology companies of all sizes – from startup to blue chip – in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Boston, and New York. Insights gained from these visits provides valuable insight into the present and future of the impact of digital technologies on businesses in various industries.


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  • May 21, 2020 3:45 pm

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