The State of the Middle Market: Performance, Opportunities, and the Challenge of Digital Transformation


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October 8, 2019 7:15 AM - 9 AM EDT

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Tom Stewart, Executive director of the National Center for the Middle Market at The Ohio State University, will present the latest findings from the NCMM’s research. He’ll talk about:

  • What brand-new data tell us about the performance of middle market companies-and how Midwest companies compare to the rest of the nation.
  • What executives tell the NCMM about their investment and growth plans and whether they’ve changed up or down in the last months.
  • The impact of trade policy on middle market performance, confidence, and plans.
  • In addition, he will present the NCMM’s groundbreaking research into digital transformation among middle market companies in all industries, including a framework for understanding digital transformation; data showing the degree to which digitalization and digital transformation are progressing; the performance “kick” that digital transformation provides; the new exposures and risks digital causes--and how the most successful companies are addressing them.




Tom Stewart

Tom Stewart

National Center for the Middle Market
Executive Director

Thomas A. Stewart is the Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market, the leading source for knowledge, leadership and research on mid-sized companies, based at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Tom is an influential thought leader on global management issues and ideas: an internationally recognized editor and publisher, authority on intellectual capital and knowledge management, and a best-selling author.

Before joining the National Center for the Middle Market, Tom served as Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer for international consulting firm Booz & Company (now called Strategy&), overseeing the firm’s intellectual agenda, major research projects, and strategy + businessmagazine. Prior to that, he was for six years the Editor and Managing Director of Harvard Business Review, leading it to multiple finalist nominations for a National Magazine Award. He earlier served as the editorial director of Business 2.0 magazine and as a member of the Board of Editors of Fortune magazine.

Tom’s latest book, Woo, Wow, and Win: Service Design, Strategy, and the Art of Customer Delight (co-authored with Patricia O’Connell), was published by Harper Business in November 2016. He is also the author of Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations and The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the Twenty-first Century Organization, published by Doubleday Currency in 1998 and 2003, respectively. He has contributed chapters to four other books and published articles in Harvard Business Review, strategy + business, Fortune, Business 2.0., Inc., Financial Times, The Hill, Industry Week, Ad Age, and elsewhere. Tom is a twelve-time participant in the World Economic Forum, and has delivered lectures and seminars across the U.S. and in more than two dozen countries worldwide.

Tom is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cass Business School, City University London.

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