About Frank

Frank is a Distinguished Vice President and Research Fellow at research firm Gartner, and the Chief of Research for Gartner Futures Lab.

Frank always looks for a different perspective in every topic that he tackles. He takes on complex subjects, walks at the edge of them, and then brings them back to the core of what matters. Called an “agent provocateur”, he challenges conventional wisdom with a philosophical touch, a bit of humor, and a ton of insight.

As a futurist, Frank believes that the future is nothing more than the collective imagination of people in the present. His job? To unlock the creativity hidden in all that imagination. The goal of futuring is to capture zeitgeist, to drive self-reflection, and to trigger a change today.

As an digital ethicist, Frank believes that technology has a moral footprint. Technology triggers behaviors and amplifies everything that is good and bad.

His quest is to teach the world on how to appreciate uncertainty, and how to be a positive contributor to society.


Frank has a solid history of his futurist studies becoming a reality. Examples include Digitopia (2019), digitalization of society (2016), emergent strategies (2015), digital ethics (2012), embracing complexity (2011), management excellence (2009), behavioral performance management (2008), high-performance organizations (2005), enterprise performance management (2002), business activity monitoring (2001) and BI/ERP (1998). He is the proud holder of six Gartner Thought Leadership Awards.

His latest prediction is that — while executive leaders have been comfortably overseeing the digital transformation from the executive floor — digital transformation will hit the boardroom next.

An overview of Frank’s recent work can be found here, and includes “The Future of Leadership”, “The Future of Decision Making”, “The Future of AI”, “The Age of Disruptions”, “Global Scenarios On How To Sense And Respond to Social Fracture” and “Global Scenarios On The Russian Invasion of Ukraine”.

One of his case studies from the book “Dealing With Dilemmas” was even included in the Harvard Business Review case study database.


Frank authored a total of five books:

  • Balanced Scorecard: Van Meten Naar Managen (Dutch), Buytendijk, F.A. & Brinkhuis-Slaghuis, J., 2000, Kluwer, ISBN 9014065744
  • Datawarehouses: Bron van Kennis voor Marketing en Sales (Dutch), Buytendijk, F.A. & Groot, C. de, 2000, Kluwer, ISBN 9014068204
  • Performance Leadership, Buytendijk, F.A., 2008, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0071599649
  • Dealing with Dilemmas, Buytendijk, F.A., 2010, Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0470630310
  • Socrates Reloaded: The Case for Ethics in Business & Technology, Buytendijk, F.A., 2012, ISBN 1478316349


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