Nelson Repenning


School of Management Distinguished Professor of System Dynamics and Organization Studies
Faculty Director, MIT Executive MBA Program

 

Nelson RepenningNelson P. Repenning is the School of Management Distinguished Professor of System Dynamics and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Repenning currently serves as the faculty director for the MIT Executive MBA program. He is also the faculty director for the BP-MIT Operations Academy. His work focuses on understanding the factors that contribute to the successful implementation, execution, and improvement of business processes.

Professor Repenning has received several awards for his work, including best paper recognition from both the California Management Review and the Journal of Product Innovation Management. In 2003 he received the International System Dynamics Society's Jay Wright Forrester award, which recognizes the best work in the field in the previous five years. His current interests include safety in high hazard production environments and the connection between efficient internal operations and effective strategic positions.


Faculty Media

  • Useful Doesn't Always Mean Used: Understanding the Dynamics of Learning and Capability

    Managers are faced with an increasing array of tools, technologies and processes—from lean production methods to virtual communication systems—all with documented benefits. In an effort to boost...


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  • Nelson Repenning on Business Dynamics

    Professor Nelson Repenning discusses system dynamics, a technique developed at MIT for solving complex problems, and MIT Sloan Executive Education's week-long program, Business Dynamics.


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  • Nobody Ever Gets Credit for Fixing Problems that Never Happened

    Nelson Repenning and John Sterman's paper on creating and sustain process improvement.


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  • Capability Traps and Self-Confirming Attribution Errors in the Dynamics of Process Improvement

    To better understand the factors that support or inhibit internally focused change, we conducted an inductive study of one firm’s attempt to improve two of its core business processes.


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  • The Secrets of the System

    MIT’s venerable Beer Game, a table contest, sheds light on the mysteries of manufacturing and the difficulties of running a business.


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