Mission, Vision & History
The Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies (CDS) at the Tuck School of Business helps leaders better understand the impact of digital technologies on business strategy, enabling them to ask the right questions when faced with critical decisions. We craft learning opportunities and nurture diverse communities of thought leaders to grow understanding of the complexities of modern organizations and their relation to employees, ecosystems, markets, and society.
The Center aspires to influence the development of leaders who understand the widespread impact of all elements of digital business on people’s lives, and the implications for the future. It is a prominent hub of curated digital strategies knowledge for students, executives, alumni, and academics. It also provides thought leadership and encourages critical analysis of the status quo understanding of digital strategies for the Tuck community.
Diversity is a strength. Diversity allows us to ask better questions and make better decisions, with fewer blind spots. We value the diverse inputs of our communities.
Building (and engaging) networks is at the core of our success. Just as the internet connected people and ideas leading to a stronger economy, our networks and communities make us stronger.
Integrity and honesty matter. The ends do not justify the means; to be a wise leader you must lead with integrity, always.
Sharing of knowledge is an important component of learning. We ask better questions and make better decisions when we share knowledge openly. The creation and sharing of ideas is crucial to our approach.
We tackle hard problems. Being willing to directly face hard problems is a key to great leadership. We help our communities engage on the toughest challenges with an eye to the future.
Ed Glassmeyer T’68 and Roger McNamee T’82, both Tuck alumni in the technology venture capital arena, agreed on the need for increased research and thought leadership on the ongoing impact of information technology and the web on how corporations function. Founded in 2000, the Center for Digital Strategies (CDS) at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College generates insight into the way firms use digital technology to create value both within and for the value chain and customers, and fosters thought leadership by forging a learning community of scholars and executives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the primary content focus of the center?
A: We focus on the enabling role digital technologies play in business strategy. Within that, we have five areas of expertise; Enterprise Transformation, Technology & Innovation, Digital Business Models, Information Security & Risk, and Digital Society.
Q: Does the center focus on startup technology ventures and the tech industry?
A: While it is useful to understand startups, we focus on the broader changes technology has in large enterprises across all industries as they implement collaborative digital technologies both within the enterprises, as part of a value chain, and for the customer.
Q: What opportunities does the center offer Tuck’s MBA community?
A: The center provides a broad range of learning opportunities, including programming and support for the entire MBA community, and more focused programing for smaller groups of students seeking greater depth in their understanding of digital strategies. Our goal is to meet students where they are in their personal journey, to better enable their pathway of learning through their MBA at Tuck.
Q: Who is the center’s chief corporate constituency?
A: The center focuses on digital strategies from a general management perspective, which is consistent with Tuck’s history as a general management MBA program. Whether you are a chief executive or an MBA, the center can help you understand how to lead digital transformation, stay ahead of changing customer dynamics, leverage data and analytics to make better management decisions, and deploy emerging technologies to grow your business.
Q: Does the center offer any MBA Courses?
Q: Where is the center located?
A: Our offices are located in Hanover NH, on the second floor of Tuck Hall (Tuck 205). 100 Tuck Drive Hanover NH, 03755.
Q: I want to learn more about the center for a student’s perspective. How can I find a student who works with the center?
A: The second-year MBA Fellows and first-year MBA Associates are a perfect fit for this. They will be able to talk about how the center has enabled their pathway of learning. If you are on campus, you can always come to our offices and speak with any of the core team.
Q: How can I attend CDS events?
A: All students, staff, and faculty will receive notice from the center with event details and how to sign up. Our events are shared internally via the Today at Tuck email newsletters sent daily. If you are a Tuck alumnus/a or a part of the broader Dartmouth community, and the event is open to the public, you can sign up for the event on our website. That being said, we also record most of our public events and post the event videos on YouTube and our website.
Q: Does Tuck have any other centers?
A: Tuck has a six focused centers. All with their own area of focus, Tuck’s centers and initiatives foster intellectual leadership and industry-specific exploration by building a community of scholars, executives, and students focused on a particular topic.