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Digital transformation by department Marketing and technology departments lead the pack when it comes to digital transformation, while legal and HR bring up the rear. 

According to a study from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, digital transformation within companies is a victim of siloing from department to department—and human resources and legal departments were ranked the least advanced in that digital transformation.

The study, “Leading Transformation: Shaping the C-Suite for Business 4.0 Innovation,” says that survey respondents—all executive search and leadership consultants who advise organizations of all sizes and across industries—put marketing and technology departments at the other end of the spectrum. And in what might be the most disturbing factor, the study reports that there was no significant variation in rankings by geographic region, with HR and legal both finishing at the bottom in all major locales.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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