Nick Vitalari

Nick VitalariNick Vitalari is an author, educator, entrepreneur and executive. His unique background led him to serve as a corporate executive, professor, advisor, analyst, and as a public servant in local government. His lifelong passion is to learn, help others to learn, create conditions for individuals to thrive, and make enterprises more effective.

His book with Haydn Shaughnessy, The Elastic Enterprise, describes how a growing number of companies operate with unprecedented flexibility and have dramatically altered the competitive landscape. Elastic enterprises lead with a new soul, new strategies and new structures well suited for growth in the twenty-first century.

Currently, Dr. Vitalari is Founder and CEO of Elasticity Labs, a research, education and advisory firm that helps companies to build new levels of elasticity into their strategies and operations. He is also an advisor and senior fellow at the Center for Digital Transformation at the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine and is a thought leader in residence at Executive Networks.

Previously he was a tenured professor of management and computer science at UC Irvine and an associate dean for research. During his time as a professor he received a multi-year National Science Foundation grant to conduct the first longitudinal study of computing in the home and its impact on work life in U.S. Households.

After his academic career he took a position in the private sector as a senior executive with CSC and served as head of multi-client programs, as global IT practice leader and as a member of the CSC corporate technology steering committee.

Later he co-founded The Concours Group, a strategic consulting, research and education company that grew to become an international firm with over 300 employees with revenues over $50 million. The firm was sold to BSG Alliance in 2007. He has also served as an executive at Technology Solutions Company, nGenera Corporation and Moxie Software.

He has advised diverse companies such as Accenture, Amgen, Cargill, Chevron, Cognizant, Con Edison, Ford, Fidelity Investments, Ingersoll-Rand, Johnson and Johnson, JP Morgan, Kimberly-Clark, Marriott, NCR, Northrop Grumman, Oracle, Pfizer, Williams-Sonoma, General Mills, United Airlines, Xerox, and YUM.

He has published four books and his articles have appeared in research and professional journals like Management Science, Communications of the ACM, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Telecommunications Policy, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. His work has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today and other media.

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