If you've ever thought about pursuing some type of advanced education, the beginning of a new year is a great time to pursue it. To help you get started, MIT is hosting a complimentary Open House for professionals in the Greater Boston area on February 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. Attendees can explore the various programs offered to technical professionals and business leaders.
In addition to having an opportunity to mingle with program representatives and alumni, the Open House will give attendees a chance to hear from renowned MIT Sloan Professor Nelson Repenning. In his presentation, Repenning plans to give some insight into the foundations of systems thinkin--a discipline that is core to MIT's management approach--including thoughts about:
- Structure generates behavior: Context plays a significant role in determining how people behave.
- Mental models matter: It is not enough to change a system’s physical structure.
- Systems Thinking does not come naturally: Our first instinct is to blame people instead of systems.
- System Dynamics Model of Continuous Improvement: Well-intentioned leaders often fall into a "capability trap" when pressured to deliver faster growth and higher earnings, inadvertently undermining essential capabilities needed for success.
Attendees also will have an opportunity to learn more about the individual programs from the departments that are jointly sponsoring the event.