Category: About Exec Ed

MIT program helps Scotland plan to accelerate its economy

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 9 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 - 13 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 - 1 month and 15 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 - 1 month and 20 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 - 1 month and 25 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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The NEW and improved MIT Sloan Executive Education website

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 17 days ago

We want to deviate from our typical blog post format to let our readers know about some improvements to the MIT Sloan Executive Education website. Thanks to your input, we've simplified the website experience so that it's easier, more intuitive, and more mobile friendly than ever before. We invite you to explore this streamlined navigation and program search features, create or update your online account, and view the site on your phone or tablet.


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“Unreally” engaging online learning

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 months and 20 days ago

Imagine, if you will, that you are sitting in a conference room in Kendall Square on Friday, October 26, 2012. Hurricane Sandy has swept through the Caribbean, ravaged the east coast of the U.S., and is barreling towards New England. Domestic and international flights are being cancelled by the thousands.

On Tuesday morning of that week, MIT Sloan Executive Education is expecting over a hundred executives to attend a hot new program on managing in the era of big data. If you cancel, which surely you must, you will not be able to reschedule this for many more months.

This is the scenario Dr. Peter Hirst, Executive Director of Executive Education, MIT Sloan School of Management presented to attendees of the MIT Technology Review Digital Summit. The Summit, which took place in mid-June 2014, examined tomorrow’s digital technologies and explained their global impact on both business and society.


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MIT Sloan Executive Education partners with Haiti

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 6 months and 3 days ago

Strong leadership and innovation are ideals and skills that should not be limited to the business world. In fact, one could make a strong argument that innovation is needed more in non-profit and government organizations than in corporations. Of course, we’d argue that innovation is needed everywhere. And, that nearly every kind of organization can benefit from it.

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