■ Drucker Senior Fellow ■
Roland Deiser
Drucker Senior Fellow
Roland Deiser, Drucker Senior Fellow
Ph.D., Innsbruck University, 1979
Political Science, Habilitation Vienna University, 1995



Teaching Interests and Areas of Expertise

Leadership, Strategy, Organization, Corporate Learning, Social Media

Current Research

  • The Transformational Impact of Social Media on Leadership and Organization

Current Publications

Professional Activities

Roland Deiser, PhD 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.

Dr. 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 (www.eclf.org).

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. 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).

Roland 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, Roland 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, or Siemens as well as with emerging growth companies, primarily in the digital media convergence space.

The Drucker Senior Fellow

The Drucker Senior Fellow drives selected projects and activities under the umbrella of the Drucker School of Management, such as global think tanks and symposia on the future of management and organization, innovative corporate learning initiatives, and consortium research.

Project Activities

  • ECLF Consortium activities
  • The Impact of Social Media on Leadership and Organization (international 
consortium research project)


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