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Three MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty among prestigious Thinkers50 honorees

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 days ago

We are proud to announce that three faculty members of MIT Sloan Executive Education were recently named to the Thinkers50 list, the world's most prestigious ranking of management thinkers: Erik Bryjnolfsson, Professor of Information Technology and the Director of The MIT Center for Digital Business; Douglas Ready, Senior Lecturer; and Hal Gregersen, Senior Lecturer and the Executive Director of The MIT Leadership Center

Brynjolfsson, along with his colleague Andrew McAfee, shared the Digital Thinking Award, which "celebrates the thinker who has done the most to transform the digital revolution into useful management insights." Brynjolfsson and McAfee authored The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.

Ready, a faculty member whose research on aligning purpose, performance, and principles has led to the popular concept of implementing a company's Collective Ambition. He currently teaches in the two-day course, Building Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People.

Gregersen explores how leaders in business, government, and society discover provocative new ideas, develop the human and organizational capacity to realize those ideas, and ultimately deliver powerful results. He is the co-author of The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, and teaches in The Innovator's DNA: Mastering Five Skills for Disruptive Innovation and the Advanced Management Program

Congratulations to our faculty members--the honorees, nominees, and those who continually exemplify the leading-edge management thinking of which we are so proud here at MIT Sloan.

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Harvard doctors benefit from MIT Sloan custom program

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 27 days ago


Current U.S. health care reform has renewed focus for doctors on improving both quality and efficiency in care delivery, providing an impetus to think like managers in highly complex organizations and to use skills not typically taught in medical schools. Doctors working in academic medical centers face an even bigger challenge, as these organizations are equal parts hospitals, medical training institutions, and research facilities.

In response to these reforms, the anesthesiology department heads at several Boston-area academic medical centers turned to MIT Sloan Executive Education to empower some of their medical professionals with leadership skills that would help to improve patient care.

Working closely with the leadership of Anesthesiology departments, MIT Sloan faculty and Executive Education staff created a cross-institutional, custom program to enable anesthesiologists to solve some of their most persistent problems and to become leaders of change in their organization. All aspects of the program--from teaching curriculum to action-learning projects--were designed to address specific challenges and provide tools that could be applied in actual hospital settings and achieve tangible results. 

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System Architecture, a new book by Bruce Cameron

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 18 days ago

System Architecture

A new book, System Architecture: Strategy and Product Development for Complex Systems, by Bruce Cameron, Director of the System Architecture Lab at MIT and a Lecturer in Engineering Systems, focuses on modern complex systems and the science behind them. It is the result of 20 years of research by Cameron and his fellow co-authors Edward F. Crawley, President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow and Daniel Selva, a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell.

At the highest level, Cameron explains how to look at system architecture as a series of decisions that can be actively sorted and managed. Readers are provided with examples of good architectures and the modes of thinking required to analyze system architectures. The case studies presented range from building farm equipment to the International Space Station.

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MIT's Thomas Kochan Earns Lifetime Achievement Aspen Faculty Pioneer Award

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 15 days ago

Thomas Kochan, the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Work and Employment Research and Engineering Systems at MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Co-Director for the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT was recently named the "Lifetime Achievement" award winner of this year's prestigious Aspen Faculty Pioneer Awards from the Aspen Institute of Business & Society Program. The Faculty Pioneer Awards were created in 1999 to honor educators who "demonstrate leadership and risk-taking--and blaze a trail toward curriculum that deeply examines the relationships between capital markets, firms and the public good." 

According to the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, the focus on this year's awards was to recognize and honor faculty who are teaching about inequality in their MBA classrooms. The awards honor faculty who are prompting students to think expansively about their role as managers as well as global citizens, now and over the long term.

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A Q&A with executive certificate holder Sidita Hasi

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 6 days ago

Sidita Hasi

The following Q&A was conducted with Sidita Hasi, a recent recipient of an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership and an executive for FedEx Trade Networks. To earn her certificate she completed the following short courses: Neuroscience for LeadershipMaximizing Your Personal ProductivityCommunication and Persuasion in the Digital Age, and Creating High Velocity Organizations.  

What is your role at your company? Are there particular challenges you face that prompted you to enroll in executive education?

I currently work as a Project Leader for FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding and customs brokerage arm of global shipping giant FedEx Corp. At the core of our corporate mission is delivering and exceeding customer expectations, what we call the "Purple Promise." I am responsible for overseeing and leading projects in regard to air/ocean global transportation and acting as the middleman across departments to solve issues that might impact product development and service quality. I also analyze development opportunities and support top management decision-making.

As we continue to grow and change in terms of internal organizational structure, new products and services--as well as the high velocity of industry changes in the recent years--there is a strong focus on continuous process improvement. Change is considered to be a survival competitive strategy rather than luxury or situational.

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MIT Sloan Executive Education Professors named to Thinkers50

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 9 days ago

We are excited to announce that several of our MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty members have been named to the biennial Thinkers50 awards.


The Thinkers50 was launched in 2001 as the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers. Its goal is to identify and share the best management thinking in the world, and it has been described by the Financial Times as the "Oscars of management thinking." The list offers several categories, including Breakthrough Idea Award, Digital Thinking Award, Ideas into Practice Award, Innovation Award, Leadership Award, Social Enterprise Award, Strategy Award, Talent Award, RADAR Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

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A 4D experience: Q&A with participant Susan Chesley Fant

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months ago

MIT Sloan Executive Education recently offered a unique, online course that took place in a live, virtual classroom. Essential Law for Entrepreneurs in Innovation-Driven Startups and Growth Companies 4Dx was offered in six two-hour, live online sessions taking place once a week over six weeks. The primary goal of the program was to help participants navigate the distinctive law-sensitive challenges that are critical to the success of new ventures. The course was taught by MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer John Akula.

Susan Chesley Fant

To learn more about the program from a participant's perspective, we interviewed Susan Chesley Fant, an attendee of the recently concluded program. Susan is the Executive Director of the Foresight Education and Research Network, an online network she founded for foresight and long-term strategy professionals with over 3,500+ members worldwide. She is also a digital and social media marketing strategist with Castle Sands LLC and an instructor of digital and social media marketing at the University of Alabama.

What prompted you to enroll in Essential Law for Entrepreneurs in Innovation-Driven Startups and Growth Companies 4Dx?

I really wanted the opportunity to be a student again and learn more about MIT Sloan and entrepreneurship. I'm a fairly young entrepreneur, and I want to be able to guide my decision-making and perspective by learning from a well-known and excellent program. Diversity of ideas is important, and the diverse faculty and student population was a key selling point for me. I enjoyed the class because I was able to learn alongside people from around the world and learn the perspective of faculty and guest speakers, whom I quite possibly would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

I want to further my education without leaving my full time work. I hope to be a lifelong learner, and the MIT Sloan program definitely fits this description for me. In the future, I hope to pursue an Ed.D or Ph.D and focus in on business, technology, and the future of education. Participating in the virtual environment was especially exciting to me. Participating with an institute of learning known for being on the cutting edge of technology was major bonus.

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MIT in Asia: Two new collaborations

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 24 days ago

MIT brings REAP to Singapore

The regions selected for the third year of MIT's Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) include Singapore, the first Asian country to participate in REAP.

REAP is a multi-year program designed to help regions promote economic development and job creation by teaching participants how to implement a more robust, innovation-based entrepreneurial ecosystem. The program was created in part to address the concerns of organizations that want to emulate the entrepreneurial spirit encompassed by MIT.

"Singapore has a great opportunity to really build its entrepreneurial capacity and to build innovation-driven businesses," said Fiona Murray, Associate Dean for Innovation and the Co-Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative. Singapore has doubled the number of startups in its country, from 24,000 in 2005 to 55,000 in 2014.

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