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A reading list resolution that's easy to keep: Recent books by MIT Sloan faculty

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 days ago

Each new year brings with it the inevitable list of resolutions to improve ourselves, personally or professionally. While some goals may be more difficult than others to attain, MIT Sloan Executive Education offers a goal that is easy to achieve: a reading list of business books from MIT Sloan experts. Check out these recent titles, written by our faculty. 


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Tackling Climate Change—Collectively

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 7 days ago

Climate change is an enormous issue that affects us all. Unfortunately—according to MIT Sloan Professor Tom Malone and his colleagues at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence—national legislative initiatives, while significant, haven’t done enough. However, now through a crowdsourcing platform called the Climate CoLab, people throughout the world can collaborate with experts and contribute ideas that might alleviate the climate change problem. 

The old adage, two heads are better than one, has never been more applicable than at the Climate CoLab, a virtual think tank based at the Center. Except instead of two heads, we’re talking about 33,000. The Climate CoLab is a platform that gives anyone from anywhere the opportunity to collaborate with experts to create and develop possible solutions that address climate change. By its very nature the Climate CoLab community is diverse—comprised of a mix of concerned citizens, business people, and investors, as well as scientists and policy makers. Talk about collaboration.

 “Anyone is allowed to contribute. No matter who a person is or where they come from, they can contribute ideas and have them reviewed by an international community of thousands of people—including world-renowned experts from organizations like NASA, the World Bank, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, and leading universities like MIT, Stanford, and Columbia,” says Malone, who is Director of the Center and principal investigator for the Climate CoLab. 

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Come drink from the fire hose—EDP is just around the corner

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 8 days ago

Entrepreneurship is more than a mindset—it's a skill set. Which is why MIT Sloan Executive Education offers a weeklong program dedicated to entire venture creation process. The Entrepreneurship Development Program (January 25–30) proves that the recipe for a successful start-up can be taught and draws from MIT's vast culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. From generating ideas to building viable global businesses and sparking technology clusters, this unique course introduces participants to MIT's entrepreneurial education programs, technology transfer system, and global entrepreneurial network.

Bill Aulet, the program's faculty director, has often likened the EDP experience as "drinking from a fire hose," referring to the exciting bombardment of captivating lectures, guest speakers, group discussions, and idea pitching. Aulet is Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, which is responsible for entrepreneurship across all five schools at MIT. For this program he is joined by his colleagues at the Center, including Fiona Murray, Faculty Director and the Associate Dean of Innovation at MIT Sloan

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MIT program helps Scotland plan to accelerate its economy

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 17 days ago

When you think of MIT Sloan Executive Education, you probably think about professional skills development and a focus on private sector growth. But that’s only a partial view. MIT Sloan has numerous offerings that serve the public sector as well, including the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), a two-year program designed to help regions accelerate economic development and job creation.

MIT REAP engages teams from key regions around the globe in the development and execution of a well-designed acceleration strategy, focused on entrepreneurial activity that can enhance innovation-driven economic development (IDE) and job creation. The result is a custom regional strategy for enhancing IDE ecosystems.

One recent REAP success story is the result of two years of work by a six-member team of public and private leaders in Scotland. Participants were guided by MIT Sloan faculty, including Fiona Murray, Associate Dean of Innovation; Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship; and Scott Stern, Chair of the School's Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group. The Scottish team participated in four multinational residential workshops alongside teams from Finland, New Zealand, Spain, Mexico, and regions of China. These workshops provided a framework for analyzing the country’s IDE ecosystem, using both academic research and stakeholder consultation.

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Lessons in the classroom applied in the office, on the web, and on the air

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 22 days ago

As a talk show host, business analyst, and founder of an economics-focused website, Kiriti Rambhatla wears many hats--each of which have been influenced by his educational experience at MIT Sloan.

Rambhatla, who is currently the on-air host of Arambham--a popular talk show broadcast in India--says the courses he took as part of the Strategy and Innovation Executive Certificate program at MIT Sloan had a "profound impact on the way he viewed things" in his work in India, Tanzania, and Italy.

Before his segue into the world of entertainment, Rambhatla was a business analyst for Indesit, a leading European manufacturer and distributor of major domestic appliances. "When I was at Indesit, my focus was on improving the process of innovation in product development."

During his tenure at the appliance company, Rambhatla worked on building a tool to quantify the innovation process within the company, but realized he needed a better conceptual understanding of how strategy and innovation were involved in the product development process in various industries. While exploring doctoral opportunities at MIT, Rambhatla discovered the certificate track program and decided the courses were "tailor made for the issues I was focusing on at work--ranging from innovation, macroeconomics, strategy, and product development to understanding the dynamics of globalization."

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Crisis management consultant says MIT Sloan programs strike the right balance

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 23 days ago

Being known as an “international man of disaster” is a good thing in the case of Hsing Lim, a crisis management consultant who works with business, government, and non-profit organizations to offer assistance when natural disasters strike.

Lim, who earned his Management and Leadership certificate from MIT Sloan in 2008, was on hand on March 11, 2011, when the command ship of the U.S. 7th fleet received word that the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami had struck. Due to his close ties with the government, military, and corporations in Japan and the United States, Lim was able to offer his crisis management expertise to help with relief efforts in the devastated areas.

“For the tsunami recovery, I worked with governments, militaries, aid agencies, business corporations, and civil societies in Japan, the U.S., Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Singapore, and several EU countries to source essential items and organize fundraising projects.”

Lim began focusing on disaster management shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. The independent consultant has received numerous awards and commendations for his efforts. Lim also has been lauded by David Boden, past president of the American Association of Singapore (AAS), as a key contributing member of the American community in Singapore and for his volunteer role as Chair of the AAS Community Philanthropy Committee. 

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Program participant credits MIT Sloan's EDP for company growth

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 29 days ago

According to Grant Fraser, his enrollment in the MIT Sloan Executive Education Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) could not have come at a better time.

Fraser, who founded Digitonic—a mobile marketing agency headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2011—says EDP has made a “massive difference to me personally, as well as to my organization. I am very grateful for what I was taught and for the opportunity that Scottish Enterprise gave me to attend the course.”

The Managing Director of Digitonic credits the MIT Sloan program for doubling his company’s turnover and raising the profit margins to just under $1M. Fraser adds that the tools and strategies he acquired while taking the EDP course helped him to secure a 10% equity stake, which was used to introduce innovations at the company and expand it internationally. In addition, thanks to lessons learned while on campus, Fraser says he was able to “make the pitch and close the sale just 21 days after the process began.”

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Considering executive education? Unedited course reviews can help you decide

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 3 days ago

When making key life decisions—whether buying a new car, getting married, or contemplating a career move—it’s often helpful to hear what others have to say about a similar experience. Such is the case, too, when thinking about adding more to an already hectic schedule—like taking an executive education course.

When considering advanced learning, executives often face a variety of questions: How can I balance courses with my professional schedule? What will I get out the program? And, most importantly, is it worth the effort? Thanks to MIT Sloan’s unique ratings and reviews, the decision-making process just got a little easier.

MIT Sloan is the first among top business schools to offer unedited user ratings and reviews of their executive education programs. Like many other schools, the School privately collects real-time feedback on course content, materials, and faculty—all of which is used to improve future programs. However, MIT Sloan goes a step further by asking program participants to share their honest experiences through online ratings and reviewsWas the course content what they expected? Did they have an opportunity to network with peers? Was the faculty engaging?

These questions and more are considered in the participant reviews, which are associated with each of MIT Sloan’s 30+ open enrollment courses. Anyone who visits the MIT Sloan Executive Education site can access these reviews and sort courses by “rating,” “most helpful,” “date attended,” and “date reviewed.” In addition, program participants reflect on what they’ve learned and how they are able to apply what they’ve learned back at the office.

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