In an effort to learn about the education opportunities at MIT, more than 75 professionals in the Greater Boston area attended a complimentary Open House in February, which was jointly hosted by MIT Sloan Executive Education, MIT Executive MBA, MIT Sloan Fellows Program, and MIT Professional Education.
"The event provided information on the wide range of educational solutions now available to help develop the business knowledge, leadership skills, and technical abilities needed to remain competitive in today's fast-moving economy," said Associate Dean of Executive Education Peter Hirst.
Attendees of the open house heard alumni speak about their MIT experience and its impact on their careers. "In MIT Sloan's executive programs, I learned how to become a better communicator and developed leadership and organizational skills that enabled me to excel and effect meaningful change within my organization," said Sidita Hasi, a Regional Leader for FedEx Trade Networks and a recent recipient of an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership. "[Ongoing education] is no longer a luxury, but a strategic imperative that can significantly increase your chances of success in the workforce."
Improving organizational performance with systems thinking
In addition to learning about these programs, attendees also had the opportunity to learn about a discipline that is a cornerstone of MIT's management approach: systems thinking. MIT Sloan Professor Nelson Repenning spoke about the critical role of systems thinking in organizations, including how to adapt individual mindsets and structures to improve organizational performance and produce meaningful change. During his comments, he explained how people create technologies, which, in turn, define our world and strongly shape who we are, as well as how we are conditioned by these technologies and how the choices we make define future technologies. You can watch a recording of his talk here.
Nelson Repenning teaches in the Advanced Management Program, Business Dynamics: MIT's Approach to Diagnosing and Solving Complex Business Problems, Implementing Improvement Strategies: Dynamic Work Design, and Leading Change in Complex Organizations.