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Meet Doug Palmer

Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Keeping current on the latest developments in social tools and technology can be a challenge for anyone. Having the vision to recognize how these new developments may benefit an organization requires special talent. For as long as “social” has been a phenomenon in the business world, Dr. Doug Palmer, a principal in Deloitte Consulting LLP (“Deloitte Consulting”), has been helping clients leverage its potential for competitive advantage.

Within Deloitte Consulting, Doug leads the Social Business practice, advising clients in areas related to social media, digital strategy, collaboration, gamification and the adoption of emerging technologies. To help clients recognize the potential that these technologies can offer, Doug has developed a lab experience where clients can envision the "art of the possible" and identify those emerging technologies that have the potential to "disrupt" how work is performed within their organization.

In addition to advising clients, Doug provides a leadership role in bringing these new technologies to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited's global workforce of over 170,000 professionals. He has led teams responsible for the deployment of leading collaboration and knowledge sharing platforms within Deloitte Consulting and client organizations. His research and thinking on the topics of social business and gamification have been cited in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Time Magazine and USA Today.

Prior to joining Deloitte in 2005, Doug was a senior executive at the Central Intelligence Agency leading one of the Agency’s strategic venture capital initiatives. Doug earned his Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management and his Doctorate in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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Social Business

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